Experience a Civil War Encampment on March 21 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

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Volume 37-066 For Immediate Release: March 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Take your family on an exciting trip to the 1800s.  On March 21, visitors can experience a Civil War encampment at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. The event, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will offer fun filled activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Re-enactors from the 4th Missouri Infantry, Company E, and other units will be on site throughout the day as they portray the day's theme, "Boones and the Civil War?" Drills and demonstrations will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.  At 1 p.m., William Piston, Ph.D., noted Civil War historian, author and history professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, will give a presentation on the Civil War in southwest Missouri. David Roggensees, administrator of the historic site, will follow Piston with a talk on the Boone family during the Civil War era. An exhibit detailing the story of the Boone family and farm will also be on display in the contact station.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone.  Although Boone died in 1856, his children were caught in the storm of war that enveloped Missouri and the nation.  The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. 

For more information, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.