Carlin’s Battery D planning open house

PARKERSBURG — Carlin’s Battery D, a Wood County Civil War re-enactors group, will hold its 10th annual Veterans Open House 2 p.m. Monday at the unit’s headquarters at Fort Boreman Historical Park.

Cannon demonstrations and displays are planned. Everyone is invited.

The Civil War living history and re-enactment artillery unit was created in 2008 by the Wood County Commission as ambassadors for the county.

Carlin’s is headquartered at Fort Boreman in a cabin formerly located on New England Ridge. The cabin was disassembled and taken in pieces to the park and reassembled by volunteers with Carlin’s Battery and the community.

The group participates in Civil War battle re-enactments, pioneer days, parades, the annual West Virginia Day weekend re-enactment at Henderson Hall, in the annual Scottish at Celtic Heritage Festival held on the third weekend in April at Parkersburg City Park Pavilion, veterans parades, sponsors Christmas at the Cabin at Fort Boreman and food drives and provides living history presentations.

The group is always looking for volunteers. For more information go to or contact Jim Miracle at 3304-488-2307.

Carlin’s Battery is named after a unit stationed on Fort Boreman Hill during the Civil War. It has been featured on the cover of the Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau guide and in a documentary on local Civil War history.

The unit was chosen to represent Wood County at the West Virginia Day celebration in Wheeling several years ago.

Fort Boreman during the war was originally called Fort Logan. It was renamed for West Virginia’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman of Parkersburg.

The original Carlin’s Battery unit started in Wheeling and was discharged from Fort Boreman. Battery D was organized in August 1862 with John Carlin as captain.

A promontory atop a ridgeline overlooking the Baltimore and Ohio rail line and the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers, Fort Boreman’s elevation and location were a strategic vantage point.