Learn about the Battle of Island Mound at a presentation Sept. 16

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Volume 37-324 For Immediate Release: Sept. 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Battle of Island Mound was one of the most significant milestones in the Civil War, and you have a chance to learn about this battle Sept. 16 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri State Parks Foundation, the reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the presentation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Battle of Island Mound, which occurred in the fall of 1862, was the first time black soldiers engaged in combat in the Civil War. The Department of Natural Resources has purchased 40 acres near Butler in Bates County associated with this historic battle and plans to develop it into a state historic site.

At the presentation, Jim Denny, Historian with the Department, will give a history of the battle. Guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. (Retired) Donald L. Scott, former Deputy Librarian of the U.S. Congress and Director of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Remarks and introductions will be given by Whitney Kerr and Pam Boatright with Missouri State Parks Foundation. E. Al Terrill Sr., Coordinator for the Department's Urban Outreach Office in Kansas City, will serve as master of ceremonies.           

The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center is located at 3700 Blue Parkway in Kansas City. For more information about the event, contact E. Al Terrill at 816-759-7313 Ext. 2261 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.