Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield offers demonstrations at Heritage Days

Kansas State Historical Society News Release

Contact: Bobbie Athon, (785) 272-8681 ext. 262, bathon@khsh.org
             Lisa Hecker, (785) 272-8681ext. 261, lhecker@kshs.org

Heritage Days Features Pioneer Skills, Military Demonstrations at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield

PLEASANTON, KS – The daily life of the Civil War soldier can be experienced with pioneer skills and military demonstrations at Heritage Days at Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, the site of one of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War. Visitors can see infantry and cannon demonstrations and watch artisans at work. Pioneer skills demonstrations include blacksmith, wood carving, tanning animal hides, leather crafts, and outdoor Dutch oven cooking. Activities for children will be available. The documentary The Lost Battle of the Civil War: Battle of Mine Creek will be presented. Food available for purchase by Miami R1 School District.

Heritage Days will be held 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, September 12. Admission is $5 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free. Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield is located at 20485 K-52, Pleasanton. The current construction project on K-52 is located west of Mine Creek; K-52 between U.S. 69 and Mine Creek is open to the public. For more information, call (785) 272-8681, or visit kshs.org/mine_creek.

About the site: The Battle of Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry battles in the Civil War and a major battle fought in Kansas. On October 25, 1864, approximately 2,500 Union troops attacked and defeated an estimated 7,000 Confederates commanded by Major General Sterling Price. After the battle, Union forces pursued Price’s army into Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), and ended the Confederate threat to Kansas.

Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site is one of 16 historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency.

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