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It's the site of the first African-American solider combat during the Civil War: The Battle of Island Mound in Bates County, near Clinton, Missouri. The site will be dedicated as Missouri’s newest historical site next weekend. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Battle of Island Mound took place on Oct. 29, 1862, almost exactly 150 years ago. Prior to the battle, troops of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry took over the house of a few Southern sympathizers and turned it into their headquarters.
The 40-arce site, maintained by Missouri State Parks, preserves a portion of this land. Experts say the battle was significant because it put to rest any doubts about the ability of African-American soldiers to perform in military assignments.
Next Saturday, Oct. 27, activities at the historic site will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Events include tram rides to Island Mound, artillery and living history demonstrations, and a display of the site's archaeology. Demonstrators will spin wool, forge tools, and cook period food, while historians will host exhibits.
The Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site is located eight miles southwest of Butler, Missouri, off of Highway K in Bates County.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.