Civil War engagement that preceded Saltville clashes re-enacted

After firing several rounds with his black powder rifle, Maj. Rick Ragle clutched his chest and fell to the ground in front of a crowd that took pictures of his simulated death with their digital cameras and cell phones.

“Man, that’s got to be hot lying down there in the street, you know,” Shelia Steele Hunt said as she watched Saturday’s re-enactment of the Battle of Blountville from the front porch of one of downtown’s many historic homes.

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