News Release 224

Civil War event planned July 9 at Battle of Carthage State Historic Site

Volume 39-224 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 28, 2011 - Experience the Civil War and the history of the Battle of Carthage at an event July 9 at Battle of Carthage State Historic Site in Carthage. Activities at the site will begin at 10 a.m. and will include inter-active interpretation as you explore the life of a solider during the early years of the war. The event is free and open to the public.

The Battle of Carthage, fought on July 5, 1861, was one of the earliest engagements in the Civil War. The battle pitted the Missouri State Guard, a pro-Southern force under the command of Claiborne Fox Jackson, against a Union regiment under the command of Col. Franz Sigel. The historic site includes the Carter Spring area, where Sigel's troops camped on the night of July 4, 1861.

The July 9 event is being held in conjunction with City of Carthage's Civil War Commemoration Ceremony, which features events throughout the town.

The historic site is located on East Chestnut Road in Carthage. For more information contact the site at 417-682-2279 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 on state parks and historic sites, visit