In case you missed the Civil War Encampment Re-enactment shown in these 4 photographs (held in conjunction with the July 2, 2011, Parrish-Raley Reunion at Diamond City, Arkansas), you will have another opportunity to visit one in the Ozarks! That is because there is a HUGE re-enactment of the Battle of Wilson's Creek, just outside Springfield, Missouri, that is scheduled for August 12 - 14, 2011.
Whereas the Diamond City Re-enactment had two military personnel, and one civilian re-enactor, the upcoming event near Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, will have hundreds more participating. In fact, when the re-enactment of Wilson's Creek battle was staged in 1991, there were 2,000 re-enactors participating, and 30,000 spectators. It is estimated that there will be even more participants this year, since it is the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
In this photo, the re-enactor is demonstrating to observers, the type of firearms that were used during the Civil War period. The Wilson's Creek event will have both a Confederate camp of soldiers, and a Union camp of soldiers. At designated times, there will be replays of the battle scenes, including the firing of cannons. Hopefully, modern-day students of history can be reminded of the terrible consequences of brother fighting against brother, and the United States of America will never again experience the type of human carnage that occurred during that sad part of our history. When spectators view the hundreds of lifeless-looking bodies strewn out on the field after the mock battle is concluded, they will better understand the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:25 (NLT) that says "Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart."
These re-enactors (left to right: Gene Waters, Retired Judge Roger Logan, and Kevin Middleton) wore the attire that might be seen on soldiers and civilians of the 1861 - 1865 time period. Likewise, the Wilson's Creek Re-enactment weekend includes a fashion show of period costumes, plus they will stage a wedding, as it might have occurred and looked during the Civil War. In addition, there will be history exhibits and vendors selling authentic Civil War goods. Of course, there will also be some modern concessions, that will include souvenirs, food, and beverage vendors. Although a fee is charged to be a spectator at the Wilson's Creek Re-enactment, all the proceeds go to benefit the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation, and will also cover your admission into the museum operated by the National Park Service. To find out more, log onto www.WilsonsCreek150.com and plan to take advantage of this opportunity. Bring the kids, too! In the words of the ancient philosopher, Cicero----"To not know what happened before you were born, is to remain forever a child." So get out there and have miles of blue and gray smiles! Tricia