“Mayor Calls for Reinforcements to Protect Selma”
On January 15, 2009, Mayor George Evans asked for the Alabama Division of Reenactors to man the "works" in this year’s Annual Battle of Selma Reenactment.
General Ken Sumner, the Alabama Division Commander, telegraphed a reply after the Division’s annual meeting Saturday: "The Unit Representatives voted unanimously to fully support the Battle of Selma and offer our services to see its continued success."
The Battle of Selma Civil War Reenactment will take place April 17-19. This year’s living history will mark the 144th anniversary of one of the last Civil War battles.
The Confederate Naval Ordnance Works, Iron Clad Shipyard and Army Arsenal located in Selma were key targets for Union General James H. Wilson. Destruction of the Selma facilities in April 1865 would ultimately seal the fate for the CSA war effort.
Since 1987, the Battle of Selma Reenactment has been a major contributor to the area’s tourism economy. City officials said recently the Reenactment had to be continued.
"The City of Selma recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma is approaching and the need to authorize a new entity to plan and coordinate the Reenactment. Mr. James H. Hammonds, the original founder and past Chairman of the Battle of Selma Reenactment has consented to act as its interim Chair and coordinate the activities needed between the City, Reenactors and the Community. It will also be his task to form the new group to plan and administer the Reenactment.
"Their goal will be to remove uncertainty about the Reenactment as a yearly historical and tourism event, emulating the successes of the past, stimulating the economy, the imagination of our citizens and creating an atmosphere imparting that all of Selma’s unique history belongs to us all," explained officials.
The event will be conducted annually and this year it will be hosted by the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment, Jeff Davis Artillery and the Alabama Division of Reenactors, Inc.
News media passes are available upon request along with staging for photography and videography. Media hospitality will be provided on the evening of Friday, April 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events and additional information, visit the website at