Civil War Encampment

Soldiers firing Civil War Weapons
Civil War Weapons Demonstration

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Living History Activities Abound as Fort Scott National Historic Site Hosts the 35th Annual Civil War Encampment

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Fort Scott National Historic Site commemorates the Civil War and how it shaped our country by presenting the 35th Annual Civil War Encampment on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the times—soldiers marching or on horseback, rifles firing, gunpowder hanging in the air. A variety of interpretive programs will illustrate the role Fort Scott played as a major supply base for federal troops during this pivotal conflict.

The public is invited to participate beginning Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding with the last program at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday as park volunteers engage in various activities. Union Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery units will perform military training representing how troops were prepared for battle. Witness the Grice family as they make tallow and lye soap as it was made in rural areas in the 1860s. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Diane Eickhoff, independent historian and author, presents the program “Women Soldiers of the Civil War.” At 6:30 p.m., you are invited to participate in popular Civil War tunes presented by the Holmes Brigade Minstrels. On Sunday at 10:00 a.m., come join in a period Church Service. Learn about the logistics of feeding soldiers with “Rolling in the Dough” Bake-house Demonstration at 11:00 a.m. Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery Demonstrations will continue in the afternoon.

The Civil War Encampment is made possible through the generous support provided by volunteer members of the Holmes Brigade, 4th Missouri Cavalry, Western Bluecoats Field Hospital, 3rd Kansas Artillery Battery B, Friends of Fort Scott NHS, Inc., and a host of Fort Scott National Historic Site volunteers.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
9:00 a.m. – Flag Raising
10:00 a.m. – Cavalry Drill
11:00 a.m. – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
12:00 p.m. – Soap Making Program
1:00 p.m. – Women Soldiers of the Civil War
2:00 p.m. – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
3:00 p.m. – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
4:00 p.m. – Flag Retreat
6:30 p.m. – Music with the Holmes Brigade Minstrels

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
9:00 a.m. – Flag Raising
10:00 a.m. – Church Service
11:00 a.m. – Bake House Demonstration
12:00 noon – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
1:00 p.m. – Cavalry Drill
2:00 p.m. – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
3:00 p.m. – Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration

Last updated: April 22, 2017

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