You are invited to this special event honoring the Soldiers’ Liberation!
June 14, 2014
Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lake Anna State Park, Picnic Shelter 3
On the way to the The Battle of Trevilian Station, on June 9th 1864 Brig. Gen. George A. Custer and his Michigan Cavalry liberated the enslaved at Pine Forest Plantation. The descendents of those liberated Benin-Americans are celebrating the Sesquicentennial of their liberation, on the site of one of America’s largest enslavement run Goldmines, which is now Lake Anna State Park, where the family was force labored. The family participated in their own liberation as Joseph and Lindsey had escaped in 1862 and returned with the 23rd USCT winning a skirmish against General Thomas Rosser’s Confederate Cavalry Brigade at Catharpin and Orange Plank Roads. The same general who would fight Custer 2 days after the liberation in which 95 of the liberators gave their lives.