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The Moonlight Tour has been offered at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for around two decades. Volunteers and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield staff come together to help the public remember what happened during the Civil War.
It’s a popular event and often sells out. Ted Hillmer is superintendent of the battlefield.
"One of the reasons I think is that people enjoy coming to the park at night. They don't get to do that very often, and secondly we have great, I call 'em vignettes, but they're small little plays that we put on that kind of explain activities that happen during the war here," he said.
More than 80 volunteers are helping with the Moonlight Tour this year.
Four scenes will be depicted: a night firing of the cannon, a scene from Vicksburg where some of the Missouri State Guard soldiers who fought at Wilson’s Creek went on to fight and two more.
"We'll be talking about order number 11, which was very devastating for four counties in the state, and that affected us here in the area--all of our people because they counties were basically decimated and people fled, and it was all because of what happened at Lawrence, Kansas a few weeks before that, and there'll be a wedding scene also at the Ray House," he said.
Everything will be at and around the Ray House.
Hillmer hopes people who attend realize the importance of our area’s role in the Civil War and the impact it had on the citizens.
The Moonlight Tour is September 14thbetween 7 and 10 pm. Tickets are $7 and may be reserved by calling the battlefield at 732-2662.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.