Civil War Reenactment Brings the Past to the Present 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Hartville

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:06 pm

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to travel back in time, your opportunity is almost here!

On April 26-28, 2013, the city of Hartville will be commemorating the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War battle that occurred in its downtown streets with a full-scale Reenactment.

The year of 1863 opened with local conflict at the Battle of Springfield and continued its deadly sweep across the state with another battle at Hartville a few days later, when General Marmaduke marched his raiding Confederate Army into enemy lines on January 11.

The outnumbered Union soldiers under Col. Samuel Merrill greeted them with artillery, causing heavy crossfire and casualties upon the courthouse lawn and near other familiar areas including the schoolhouse, town spring, and the historical Steele Mansion east of the Gasconade River.

To honor those who witnessed this unforgettable battle in our backyards and fought so faithfully for their beliefs, this historical event will kick off on Friday, April 26, with all eyes on education.

This School Day is open to the public and will give everyone the first chance to meet the Civil War Reenactors and walk through the soldier camps near the Steele Mansion on the bluff overlooking the town.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, the camps, food and sutler tents will open at 9 a.m.

There is a lot scheduled for these two days, so plan to arrive early and stay late.

Among the activities, there will be a skirmish in the streets, a ladies' tea social, a battle at the Steele Mansion on both Saturday and Sunday, a Civil War era ball, live music, cannon firing at night, and a church service on Sunday. You won't want to miss this living history demonstration!

Admission is free for this event and a shuttle ride will be available to the main event area for $2.00 per person (5 and under are free) that is good for the entire weekend.

For more information on the Battle of Hartville Reenactment and the complete schedule of events, visit

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