Civil War re-enactments near Melbourne slated for weekend

The Seventh Arkansas Volunteer Infantry is to bring to life the Battle of Lunenburg at 3 p.m. Saturday in a recreation of the 1864 battle in the same farm field south of Melbourne where it was fought. Led by their color guards, Confederate and Union re-enactors in authentic uniforms will take up positions as five full-size cannons take the field.

A second re-enactment is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program are placing a plaque commemorating the battle on the grounds of the Lunenburg Community Center.

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