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Posted at 2:56 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Battle of Virginia ends in draw

By Washington Post editors

A Civil War re-enactment that went too far ended Wednesday with Union and Confederate cavalry commanders being found not guilty of assault.

The two became involved in a fight on a field in Virginia as they reenacted the Battle of Stanardsville. The Confederate commander said his Union counterpart knocked off his hat. He allegedly responded by firing his revolver.

Both men were on horseback, both said their actions were accidental, both pressed charges.

While the weapon was not loaded, the Union commander suffered facial injuries from the revolver’s powder blast.

A judge concluded that he could not find either man guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2010; 2:56 PM ET
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