Witness living history May 9 at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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Volume 37-103 For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Watch as local citizens prepare for battle at the "Recruiting Germans in Lafayette County" living history event on Saturday, May 9 at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Holmes Brigade, a Civil War re-enacting group, will portray German citizens mustering prior to the Battle of Lexington in 1861. Many German men joined the Union forces or the "Home Guard" in the Lexington area. Re-enactors will portray the Pirner brothers and Frederick Becker who were citizens in Lexington during the war. Their roles in the battle have been researched.  Visitors will hear the Pirner brothers discuss artillery and watch Becker lead a drill of his men.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site preserves the site of a major Civil War battle in Missouri. A visitor center with exhibits and audio-visual programs explains the events of Sept. 18-20, 1861, and why the "Battle of the Hemp Bales" lifted Southern spirits and dampened Northern hopes of an easy victory in the struggle for Missouri.

The historic site is located on Delaware Street in Lexington.  For more information, contact the historic site at 660-259-4654 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.