Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2004

Civil War re-enactment in October

August 12, 2004

History buffs in the city of Basehor will have an opportunity in October to witness a Civil War re-enactment in person and on the small screen.

During the Basehor City Council meeting Monday night, representatives of the Basehor Historical Society requested and received permission from city officials to use black powder rifles and a cannon for a Civil War re-enactment presented by the 3rd Missouri Light Artillery group.

The group is performing the re-enactment in conjunction with the Basehor Historical Society. The performance is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, on the grounds of Basehor-Linwood High School; it will include a re-enactment battle, camp and demonstrations, buggy rides and other entertainment, historical society members said.

The performance will consist of a living camp where visitors can tour through the Civil War camp and speak with the actors. The day will feature live firing demonstrations and will end with a mock battle.

The re-enactment group is also scheduled to be featured on the History Channel's "Investigating History" program in October. The History Channel produced an hour-long program on the Battle on Mine Creek, Kansas' only Civil War skirmish between uniformed troops, which was fought in Linn County about 60 miles south of Kansas City.

Historical Society representatives said no projectiles will be used during the performance. The re-enactment will help promote tourism for the city and help educate the public on a bygone era, members added.

Historical Society representatives said approximately 30 members of the light artillery group will perform during the October re-enactment.

The City Council approved the historical society's request to use the rifles and a cannon pending the city receiving confirmation that the group is insured.

The re-enactment will be free, but the historical society will accept donations that will go toward financing a future Basehor Historical Society Museum and Conference Center on 158th Street.

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