10/20/2018 | Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site | Butler, MO
This year’s program will provide a glimpse of what life was like both for the soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the civilians who had to go about their daily lives while the nation was at war.
The event will feature live stage performances, a living history walking loop and other Civil War themed events. The stage performances begin at 10 a.m. with a first person portrayal of Lt. Patrick Minor, an officer who successfully led a Union artillery unit during the Battle of Westport. Performances will continue on the hour and will include Civil War Music and Ballads at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; an informative discussion about the infamous Order Number 11 at noon; a storyteller presentation about African American women in Missouri during the Civil War at 1 p.m.; and a presentation about the Buffalo Soldiers at 3 p.m. The living history walking loop will feature Civil War era demonstrators and programming including; representatives from the Fort Scott National Historic Site, the Bates County Museum, a nerf cannon demonstration, a program about bison, an opportunity to meet the Buffalo Soldiers and Lt. Patrick Minor, rope making, rail splitting, a cross-cut saw demonstrations and washboard cleaning.