News Release 100

Experience "Civil War in the Ash Grove" on March 20 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 38-100 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 5, 2010 -- On Saturday, March 20, visitors can experience "Civil War in the Ash Grove" at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. This event will feature living history re-enactors, guest speakers, and a panel exhibit in the site office. The event, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is free, open to the public, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shortly after Nathan Boone died in 1856, both the region and the nation grew divided, eventually leading to the American Civil War. One of the earliest major battles of the war, the Battle of Wilson's Creek, took place only a short distance from Boone's farm, which his children still occupied. In the years following the battle, the Ash Grove neighborhood and surrounding Greene County became a hotbed of activity. Troops moved in and out of the area, wartime refugees came and went, and criminals sought to profit from the chaos.

The "Civil War in Ash Grove" event will highlight the story of the Boone family and the farm during the war years. Civil War historians Michael Price and William Piston will give presentations about the local impact of the war. Members of the historic site staff will speak about the site's history during this period. Re-enactors from the 1st Missouri Battalion CSA will be drilling onsite throughout the day and answering questions about the soldiers' experience in Missouri. Other re-enactors will provide demonstrations on the lives of Union soldiers, Missouri's civilians, the guerilla war, and the cavalry and artillery branches. A panel exhibit detailing the site's Civil War history will be on display in the contact station throughout the day. For a schedule of speaker and demonstration times, contact the historic site.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. For more information about the event, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at mostateparks.com.

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