• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Civil War Encampment

Civil War Weapons firing

Civil War Weapons Demonstration

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The Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service in historic Fort Scott, Kansas, invites you to experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War on April 12 and 13, 2014. By 1864, soldiers and civilians in Fort Scott and around the country had endured three years of conflict with no end in sight. Throughout the weekend re-enactors will re-create the era and inform visitors about the turbulent times faced by our war weary nation one hundred and fifty year ago.

The activities begin at 9 a.m. on both days as Infantry and Cavalry soldiers raise the 34-Star garrison flag above the Fort. Visitors can walk through a period-correct military camp and visit with the soldiers to learn about life in the mid-19th century. Watch the Holmes Brigade march to the trill of the fife and the beat of the drum and hear the sound of small-arms and cannon fire as they perform their drills.

On October 25, 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price's Army of Missouri was routed by two Union brigades. This engagement known as the Battle of Mine Creek, 25 miles north of Fort Scott, became one of the largest cavalry engagements of the war. On Saturday at 2 p.m. Jeffrey D. Stalnaker, author of "The Battle of Mine Creek", will present a talk about this significant engagement.

Ready to "kick up your heals" and enjoy some 1860s Victorian style dancing? At 3 p.m., partner up with park volunteers and discover what one person of that era wrote, "Dancing is the most enchanting of all human amusements." Come and learn about female composers of the Civil War at 6:30 p.m. This musical performance, performed by the Cottey College music department, will provide you the opportunity of hearing songs enjoyed by soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.

Be sure and visit with the generals of the Union Armies of the West, a living history unit that specializes in first person narration of our involvement in the "insurrection." Generals Grant, McLellan, Garfield, and others will be in camp talking about the conduct of the war, home life, and other items of interest. And don't forget to visit the stables where members of the 4th Missouri Cavalry unit will be stationed with their mounts to lend perspective on the Cavalry's role in Mine Creek and other regional battles.

On Sunday at 10 a.m. listen to "Medical Treatments after the Battle of Mine Creek" – a Civil War medical talk focusing on medical problems encountered by soldiers transferred to the Fort Scott General Hospital following the engagement. Come join in a period Church Service at 11 a.m. on the Fort Parade Ground. Army drill and historic weapons firings will once again be featured Sunday afternoon.

The schedule of activities is listed below:

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

  • 9:00 am – Flag Raising
  • 10:00 am – Cavalry Drill
  • 11:00 am – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 12:00 noon – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Military Tactical Demonstration
  • 2:00 pm – Battle of Mine Creek: Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign*
  • 3:00 pm – Victorian Dancing: "…the most enchanting of all human amusements"
  • 4:00 pm – Flag Retreat
  • 6:30 pm – Female Composers of the Civil War Era – Musical Performance

*Book Signing following program

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

  • 9:00 am – Flag Raising
  • 10:00 am – Medical Treatments after the Battle of Mine Creek
  • 11:00 am – Church Service
  • 12 noon – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Cavalry Drill
  • 2:00 pm – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 3:00 pm – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge. Please contact the park in advance concerning accessibility accommodations.

 

Did You Know?

Park volunteer, Anatika Timmons-Lee (now deceased) portrays Anna in a dramatic presentation.

Many officers at Fort Scott in the 1840s owned slaves. One particular slave, Anna, was rented to Hiero Wilson, post sutler. Born free and educated, she was kidnapped into slavery in 1820, In 1849, she regained her freedom, married, operated a hotel in Eastern Kansas, and later became a pioneer.