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UPDATED 8:45 a.m. 8-10-11: THE LOCATION FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S CEREMONY HAS BEEN MOVED TO REPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF BAD WEATHER. REPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IS NEAR THE BATTLEFIELD, AT 4370 REPMO DRIVE IN REPUBLIC. THE STARTING TIME OF 6:30 REMAINS THE SAME.
150 years ago Wednesday, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek began. The events surrounding the major anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek also kick off Wednesday. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this preview.
Entrance fees are waived Wednesday at the battlefield.
At 9:00 Wednesday morning, the “campaign march” will take place from the re-enactment site onto the battlefield.
Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, the park will present children’s activities that show what it was like for kids growing up during the Civil War.
Demonstrations of artillery fire will take place at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.—those can be seen at Tour Stop 5.
At 6:30 Wednesday evening, Republic High School will be the venue for a special anniversary program. The program will include national, state and local officials, as well as a military historian from West Point. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday evening’s program will also showcase musical performances and include a candlelight march of about 100 re-enactors. The program was originally to take place at the historic Ray House in the park, but due to the possibility of bad weather, park officials moved it to Republic High School. The address for the high school is 4370 RepMo Drive in Republic.
The actual battle re-enactment gets underway Friday and will last through Sunday.
For a complete list of the activities coming up this weekend, click here.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.