Learn about the Civil War with an action-packed, fun-filled weekend commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, Missouri from August 12 to 14.
The weekend will feature not only the battle scenario reenactments such as “the fight in the cornfield” and “the fight for bloody hill,” but also a period wedding, military ball, 1860s baseball game, church service, and duel.
There will also be period craft demonstrations, old-time peace fair games for children, authentic Civil War sutlers, period music, and modern food vendors. The reenactment site is adjacent to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.
An exciting special activity will be a family camping area. This completely authentic area will be available for family groups who want to camp with the soldiers in period tents and experience the life of a Civil War soldier up close.
Tickets for the August reenactment can be purchased online at www.wilsonscreek150.com. The website also features a calendar of events leading up to the reenactment, the reenactment activities schedule, registration information for reenactors, additional information, and regular updates. All proceeds from the 150th Anniversary Reenactment, sponsored by the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, will benefit the national battlefield.
Established in 1950, the non-profit Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation is one of the oldest private sector support groups associated with the National Park Service. Since the Foundation’s initial purchase of 37 acres on Bloody Hill, site of the heaviest fighting in the battle, the Foundation has worked to preserve and protect the park.
For more information about the Springfield area, visit www.SpringfieldAdventures.com or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.
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