Reenactors portray the Battle of Black Jack, which took place in present-day Wellsville in 1856. The Black Jack Battlefield is hosting an event on July 23 in honor of the Battle’s 166th anniversary. Submitted photo

Wellsville’s Black Jack Battlefield will be hosting a reenactment of its eponymous Battle in honor of its 166th anniversary July 23.
The Battle of Black Jack occurred on June 2, 1856. Antislavery forces led by abolitionist John Brown attacked the encampment of Henry Pate after Pate and his troops sacked the City of Lawrence. The battle is recognized as a contributing factor leading up to the Civil War.
Reenactments are scheduled for 1 pm and 3 pm, with cannon demonstrations 20 minutes before each. Guests will also have the opportunity to watch forge demonstrations at the blacksmith booth, take photos with John Brown and other reenactors, and learn about the battlefield’s new entryway gate.
A food truck will be on site serving tacos, nachos, sandwiches and Cajun mac and cheese bowls.
The event is free, but donations are being accepted.
Black Jack Battlefield is located at 163 E 2000th Rd in Wellsville. For more information about the Battlefield and the Battle itself, visit