Battle of Civil War Re-Enactors Ends in Draw in Virginia Courtroom

January 8, 2010 - 12:13 PM
A judge in Virginia says it's a draw between two Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors who got into a tussle on the battlefield.  
Stanardsville, Va. (AP) - A judge in Virginia says it's a draw between two Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors who got into a tussle on the battlefield.
 
A judge found each man not guilty of assault on Wednesday after they pressed charges against each other over the dispute last September.
 
The men were playing cavalry officers in a re-enactment of the Battle of Stanardsville. The Confederate re-enactor claims his Union counterpart knocked his hat off.
 
The Confederate was accused of responding by firing a blank round from his revolver. There was no bullet, but the powder charge injured the Union re-enactor.
 
Both men were on horseback and both said their actions were accidental. The judge concluded he could not find either man guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt."