August 4, 2005

Battle Of Athens Reenactment To Be Held August 6th-7th

Cannons will boom again in Athens as the Battle of Athens is re-enacted on Aug. 6-7. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Holmes Brigade, the event will be held at Battle of Athens State Historic Site in Clark County and is free and open to the public. Festivities on both days will begin at 9 a.m. with the opening of the Civil War-era camps, followed by a variety of activities.
The August 5, 1861, Civil War battle will be re-created by re-enactors at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Authentic Civil War camps will be open to the public both days.
A peace conference meeting between Union Home Guard and Missouri State Guard representatives will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Thome-Benning House.
Various living history demonstrations will be going on throughout the weekend. The event will also include period craftsmen demonstrating and selling their wares, period musicians and period food vendors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, musical entertainment and a dance will follow the day’s activities.
Free tours of the houses and grounds that are part of the Battle of Athens State Historic Site will be given both days.
The Battle of Athens was fought between David Moore’s pro-Union force of approximately 400 men and Col. Martin Green’s pro-South army of about 2,000 men. The battle began around 5 a.m. with Moore’s troops being surrounded on three sides by Green’s men and the Des Moines River to their rear. Despite being outnumbered at least five to one, Moore’s men were better trained and equipped. After about two hours of fighting, Green’s troops were demoralized and in full retreat. At least 50 soldiers had been wounded or killed. Bitter feelings between neighbors in the town of Athens continued for decades.
Battle of Athens State Historic Site administers many of the remaining buildings in Athens and interprets the battle and history of the town.
The historic site is located 10 miles north of Kahoka on Highway 81 and five miles east on Highway CC.
For additional information, contact the historic site at (660) 877-3871.

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