Civil War living history on tap at Kansas site
FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The Fort Scott National Historic Site will come alive with the sights and sounds of the American Civil War Saturday and Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, re-enactors will represent the Union Army and civilians who were in Fort Scott 150 years ago, in 1864. At that time, Fort Scott soldiers and civilians had gone through three years of conflict over slavery with no end in sight.
At 9 a.m. on both days, visitors may join the Infantry and Cavalry in a salute as they raise the 34-Star Garrison Flag above the fort. A period-correct military camp in which visitors can speak with soldiers will illustrate life in the mid-19th century. Soldiers also will march and fire small arms and cannons.
On Oct. 25, 1864, Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s Army of Missouri was routed by two Union brigades. This engagement called 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.
At 3 p.m., visitors may partner with park volunteers in a period Victorian dance. Female composers of the Civil War will be the topic of focus at 6:30 p.m. with a musical performance by the Cottey College music department.
Generals Grant, McClellan, Garfield, and others will be in camp talking about the conduct of the war, home life, and other items of interest.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., visitors may listen to “Medical Treatments after the Battle of Mine Creek," a Civil War medical talk focusing on problems encountered by soldiers transferred to the Fort Scott General Hospital following the engagement.
A church service will be held at 11 a.m. on the fort parade gGround. Army drill and historic weapons firings will once again be featured Sunday afternoon.
Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge.