Historical Society Marks 150th Anniversary of Rio Hill Skirmish

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Saturday marked the 150th anniversary of the Rio Hill Skirmish in Albemarle County during the Civil War.

With a gun salute, the 13th Virginia Re-enactment Infantry celebrated the day.

The Rio Hill Skirmish was the only time Union and Confederate forces clashed in Albemarle County.

“The two forces met each other and were surprised and, basically not having any intel on what each other was doing, they fought for a little bit and then they retreated in opposite directions,” said Steven Meeks, president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

A plaque and display were unveiled to commemorate the skirmish. The State History Mobile rolled in to mark the anniversary and share its exhibits with visitors.

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