4/11/2016

34th Annual Civil War Encampment Living History Activities set for Fort Scott NHS

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release


Contact: Galen Ewing, galen_ewing@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918
(620) 223-0310 phone
www.nps.gov/fosc


Living History Activities Abound as Fort Scott National Historic Site Hosts the 34th Annual Civil War Encampment

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: Fort Scott National Historic Site commemorates the Civil War and how it shaped our country by presenting the 34th Annual Civil War Encampment on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the times—soldiers marching or on horse, 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. Members of the Ladies Union Aid Society will focus on the vital role civilians played in supporting the military. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., come learn about Victorian clothing with “Dawn to Dusk Fashion Show.” At 6:30 p.m., you are invited guests to a 1916 Civil War Veterans Reunion. This program is a National Park Service Centennial activity highlighting 100 years of the National Park Service. 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, Ladies Union Aid Society, 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 16

  9:00 a.m. – Raising the Colors
10:00 a.m. – Cavalry Drill
11:00 a.m. – Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  1:00 p.m. – Dawn to Dusk Fashion Show
  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. – The Last Full Measure of Devotion - Reunion of CW veterans

Sunday, April 17

  9:00 a.m. – Raising the Colors
10:00 a.m. – Church Service
11:00 a.m. – Rolling in the Dough -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

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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