DANVILLE, Va. -

More than 230 years ago a team of American soldiers crossed the Dan River in South Boston to distance themselves from British troops.

Saturday dozens of reenactors will trace their steps during the Crossing of the Dan.

Friday Halifax County Middle School students did their own interpretation of the historic event.

Sixth graders told their peers about the role the move played in the war.

They also heard from an actor who has a unique connection to the crossing.

"He was on a stamp in 1976 but few people know who he was and what he did. But he likely would have been here at the Crossing of the Dan," said Travis Bowman, a reenactor. His ancestor, Pedro Francisco was part of the Revolutionary War.

"Having the students to participate in this part of history, it's something they won't forget because of the real life action," said Gwen Smith-Mangum, the sixth grade administrator at Halifax County Middle School.

A descendent of Patrick Henry will be at the reenactment Saturday morning. It happens at the Boyd's Ferry Site on the Dan River in South Boston at ten.