07/04/2013Location: Fort Larned NHS Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fee Information: Free
Baldwin served at Fort Larned 1872-1873 and received his first Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, during the Civil War. He earned his second Medal of Honor in Texas in 1874 when soldiers under his command defeated Chief Gray Beard’s Cheyenne Indians and rescued two young white girls being held captive.
12:00 pm - A patriotic music concert at the North Officers’ Quarters by the Fort Larned Post Band.
Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy the music – free watermelon will be provided.
Songs to be performed include Star Spangled Banner, Eccentric March, The Cake Walk, Four Hymns, Possum Hall Rag.
1:00 pm - Frank Baldwin Historian, Dr. Dan Holt, will present an overview of Frank Baldwin’s Life and Times in the (air conditioned) Visitor Center Auditorium.
2:00 pm - Mr. Rex Abrahams, Chairman of the Fort Larned Old Guard, will speak in the Visitor Center Auditorium on the Baldwin sword, how the Old Guard acquired it, and its presentation to the Fort Larned National Historic Site. The sword is on display in the Visitor Center Museum.
3:00 pm - Park Ranger Roy Hargadine will speak in the Visitor Center Auditorium about the Medal of Honor, highlighting Lieutenant Baldwin’s extraordinary heroism while earning his two Medals of Honor.
4:00 pm - Ceremony honoring Lieutenant Baldwin on the Parade Ground with bugle calls - "Boots and Saddles", "Cavalry Charge" and "Taps", followed by the flag lowering ceremony known as "Retreat". This will include firing the Mountain Howitzer and a Bugler playing "To the Colors" while the garrison flag is lowered.