Recalling the Civil War

People living in St. Joseph will hear a lot about the Civil War during the next five years.
 
For those who don’t remember, the nation began to tear itself apart 150 years ago. Now this community and hundreds of other towns across the nation will be commemorating those events and talking about why it’s still important [...]

Area Civil War documentary to air on Ozarks Public Television

Area residents next month may find some history of note from their own backyard with the Ozarks Public Television premiere of “Civil War Battle of Newtonia.”
Using historical photographs and re-enactment scenes shot last May at the Newtonia location, the film documents the often overlooked battle that took place in September 1862.
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Student of history finds character and ‘characters’ from Civil War years

More than 100 years after his ride up San Juan Hill, Theodore Roosevelt got a Medal of Honor, a posthumous award of the nation’s highest military honor.
John Rotterman believes Everett Peabody, who went from St. Joseph to heroism at the Battle of Shiloh, to be just as deserving.
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FEE FREE DAYS AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ANNOUNCED FOR 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the National
Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011
and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year’s resolution to visit a
national park this year.
“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved
ones and to get outdoors and unplug in [...]

Boone County Historical Society will host a Civil War exhibit

Missouri’s 150-year-old Civil War history is about to receive the star treatment in a 15-monthlong exhibit to be hosted by the Boone County Historical Society.
Artifacts will be exhibited in the progressive format, which means its contents change every three months to represent a different year of the Civil War. 1861 will be the first year represented.
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Caretakers welcomed with ‘pounding in’

In keeping with the season, and in keeping with history, several members of the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association carried out an old-fashioned “pounding in” for the new caretakers of the Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia.
Admittedly, some of the people had to learn what a “pounding in” is, but they were eager to be a part of [...]

Columbia, Mo., sets about renovating a Civil War-era mansion

Elena Vega opened the side door marked “private entrance,” a reminder that the home she was entering had previously been a business.
As she stepped into the chilly and unheated hallway that smelled of dust, she walked right into the original room around which the rest of the north Columbia house was built.
“This is it,” she [...]

HOLIDAY OPERATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

Superintendent T. John Hillmer Jr. announced today upcoming holiday
operational hours and closures for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.
The battlefield will be closed at 12 p.m. (Noon) on December 24 and all day
on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010, and New Year’s Day, January 1, 2011,
in observance of the national holidays.  The closure includes the visitor
center, tour road [...]

Luminaries to Honor Fallen Civil War Soldiers

This Saturday Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will hold its 7th annual Memorial Luminary Driving tour honoring those soldiers who fought during the Civil War. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with organizers of the event and has this report.
Two-thousand five-hundred and thirty-nine luminaries line a five-mile path at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Each one honors a soldier [...]

7th ANNUAL MEMORIAL LUMINARY DRIVING TOUR AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ADMISSION IS FREE!!

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 7th Annual Memorial
Illumination Ceremony featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those
killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10,
1861.
WHEN:  Saturday, December 11, 2010.
WHERE: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic, Missouri.
Directions: Travel west on the James River Freeway (Hwy 60) to exit Hwy M.
Go south on M for about [...]