A re-enactment will be held this month to commemorate the Nancy Harts of LaGrange, a group of women who formed a militia against Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the courageous encounter in which over 2,000 Union soldiers arrived near LaGrange College to attack LaGrange after they had attacked West Point. Forty-six Nancy Harts met them, armed and ready to defend their families and homes.
Union Army Colonel Oscar H. LaGrange was introduced to the Nancy Harts’ captain, Nancy Morgan. Capt. Morgan told Colonel LaGrange that the Union troops were not going to burn their homes. Even though other damage was done to LaGrange, Colonel LaGrange promised not to burn homes if the Nancy Harts would lay down their weapons. The Nancy Harts agreed and one of the Nancy Harts invited Colonel LaGrange for dinner at her home that night. The Colonel temporarily freed the LaGrange soldiers so they could go home for the night. The Nancy Harts stayed up all night and cooked for the soldiers.
These women met twice a week and trained in shooting, while also caring for wounded soldiers, writing them letters and reading the Bible to them.
In an effort to build momentum for the anniversary celebration, the Nancy Harts of LaGrange were featured in the 2012 Fort Tyler re-enactment in West Point and in 2013 they were the center of attention in a re-enactment held in LaGrange at the First Baptist Church on the Square.
This year’s event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Bellevue located at 204 Ben Hill Street. Bellevue will also provide free tours.
The Nancy Hart, a group of modern day Nancies, is sponsoring the event.