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The Ray County Historical Society is hosting a Civil War Reenactment for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Albany and the death of Capt. William Anderson. Reenactors will check in on Friday, which is followed by two days of mock battles; Battle of Albany reenactment; the funeral of Capt Anderson; a Civil War Ball; the dedication of two Missouri State Civil War Panels; and a variety of other events.
Join us for a week-long celebration of our Civil War Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob, with a variety of events scheduled including concerts, speakers, hikes, grand ball, and the battle re-enactment which features "blowing up the fort."
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Full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Pilot Knob are staged, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure to make your plans now to attend the next two reenactments scheduled during the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations; they are September 27-28, 2014.
The Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation area are rich in Missouri Civil War History. The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob, the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area throughout the war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate troops left 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Fort Davidson State Historic Site serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield, and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film. Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the Arcadia Valley directs visitors to some of the most significant points on the battlefields. Each stop is marked by a red granite monument. Maps for this tour are available at Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
We welcome everyone to attend this historic, educational and exciting event.
Step on History at Swope Park as we commemorate the 150th of The Battle of Westport.
Event will feature living history, encampments, the 2nd Kansas Colored Troops, storytellers, musicians, Civil War medicine, field hospital and embalming surgeon, children’s encampment and activities and tours of the Byram’s Ford Battlefield. Battles will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.in Swope Park in the area between the Starlight Theater and the museum and between Swope Parkway and the Band Shelter.
Education Day: Friday, October 24, 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Join us at the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History on Saturday, August 23 for a Civil War Living History program with Jerry Lutes and company. The primary focus of this program will be to demonstrate and discuss the use of artillery during the civil war, with programs on the hour. Between program times will be used to talk about Infantry, along with some musket firing demonstrations, and types of communications - Signal Corps, telegraphs, etc. – during the civil war period. Activities will start at 11 a.m.
A copy of the planned schedule follows:
Museum hours: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Adults $5 and 17 and younger $2. For more information call 573-238-1174 or email email@example.com.
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