Volunteers discuss plans for Civil War re-enactment event

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Individuals who have volunteered to assist with a local Civil War re-enactment met at the Barry County Museum south of Cassville on Saturday. The re-enactment event is scheduled to held at the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville on Oct. 29.

Current plans include 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 re-enactment will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War when the Confederacy recognized Missouri as its 12th state. Cassville served as the Confederate Capitol from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7, 1861.

Dr. William Piston, Missouri State University Department of History professor, has volunteered to write the script for the re-enactment event. Rehearsals will be scheduled later this fall.

The re-enactment will also offer a pie baking contest, a period clothing fashion show and musical entertainment by Civil War musicians The Back Porch Players, of Springfield. Local community members are invited to participate in the pie contest and fashion show.

For more information on the re-enactment event, call Ted Roller at 417-442-3443 or email him at twroller@windstream.net.

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