CW re-enactment planned locally

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a special re-enactment event will be held at the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville on Oct. 29.

The event will offer a dramatic interpretation of a legislative session held at the local courthouse in 1861. The session was overseen by Claiborne Fox Jackson, who served as Missouri's 15th governor and the state's governor-in-exile when a portion of the Missouri General Assembly passed an ordinance of secession on Oct. 28, 1861.

The Confederacy recognized Missouri as its 12th state, and Cassville served as the Confederate Capitol from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7, 1861. The city also served as a Union Post during the Civil War.

Current re-enactment plans include a soldiers' march from the Cassville City Park to the downtown square and a variety of historical speeches and skits. Musical entertainment for the event will be provided by The Back Porch Players, of Springfield.

A pie baking contest, a pie auction and a period clothing fashion show are also being planned for the special celebration.

The re-enactment planning committee is searching for individuals interested in taking part in the re-enactment or assisting with other activities. Student groups and other local organizations are invited to enter the pie baking contest and fashion show.

Individuals interested in helping with the re-enactment event should call Ted Roller at 417-442-3443 or email or

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