For Immediate Release: 06/15/00
Civil War Preservation Trust Cosponsors Reenactment at Wilson's Creek
(Republic, Mo) - Nearly 139 years after the guns fell silent along Wilson's Creek, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and the North/South Alliance are joining forces to cosponsor a reenactment of the largest Civil War battle fought in Missouri. The event is scheduled for June 16-18, 2000 near the actual battlefield. Proceeds from the reenactment will benefit the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield library expansion and CWPT's ongoing battlefield preservation efforts.
The reenactment promises to be the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The three-day event is expected to attract 5,000 reenactors and 80,000 spectators. Among the activities scheduled are re-creations of Brigadier General Franz Siegel's doomed Union assault on the Confederate rear and fighting at Dug Springs and Bloody Hill (Oak Hills). In addition, spectators will have the opportunity to participate in Civil War-era dance instruction, witness a period baseball game, and attend a memorial service for the men who donned the Blue and Gray.
For more information, visit the official reenactment website at http://www.dabear.tzo.com/wilsonscreek/. Tickets prior to the event are $18.61 per person, and can be purchased at Price Cutter Food Markets and Citizens National Bank. Tickets at the gate are $29.00 per person. The ticket price includes parking and attendance for all three days. Children ages 8 and younger are free.
WHAT: Reenactment of the Civil War battle of Wilson's Creek.
WHEN: June 16-18, 2000. The event is open to spectators from 8 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
WHERE: The Charles Blount Farm, approximately 3 miles south of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Signs will direct spectators to event registration and parking. Spectators will be shuttled from the parking area to the reenactment site.
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.