News Release 306

Anderson House tours featured Sept. 17 at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Volume 39-306 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 8, 2011 -- The stories of Civil War battles can be found not only on the battlefields but also in the hospitals where wounded soldiers fought for their lives. This aspect of the Civil War will be featured Sept. 17 with hospital tours from 6 to 9 p.m. of the Oliver Anderson House at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington.

The Anderson House served as a hospital for Federal troops during the 1861 Battle of Lexington. On Sept. 17, the public will be able to visit the make-shift hospital and see re-created scenes that may have taken place in a field hospital during the Civil War. Scenes will include doctors doing various surgeries, priests giving last rites, and women tending to the wounded and writing letters home for wounded soldiers. The Civil War and the massive numbers of wounded soldiers created a dire need to alter military medical practices. An explanation of embalming methods and burial detail will be presented.

The candlelight tours will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. and will depart from the visitor center every 15 minutes. The cost for tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 13 years of age. Tickets will go on sale at 1 p.m. Saturday and may be purchased in the visitor center. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled tour.

The candlelight tours are being held in conjunction with the battle re-enactment held at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, 1101 Delaware St. in Lexington. For more information about the tours, call the 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 on state parks and historic sites, visit