News Release 147

Nathan Boone's military experience highlighted during event May 21 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 39-147 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 11, 2011 –Observe U.S. Armed Forces Day with a historic twist on Saturday, May 21 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. The “Nathan Boone in Uniform” event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The event will coincide with the celebration of U.S. Armed Forces Day and will feature living historians portraying soldiers from two eras of Nathan Boone’s military service. During the event, living historians will be encamped at the site, portraying soldiers in the U.S. Dragoons and soldiers of the War of 1812. There will also be interpretive talks about the 19th century military and Nathan Boone’s service throughout the day.

Nathan Boone first served as an officer in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812, during which time he led a company of mounted rangers in defense of Missouri against the Indian allies of Great Britain. Twenty years following his service in the 1812 war, he returned to the army as a captain in the United States Mounted Ranger Battalion and then in the First United States Dragoon Regiment. During Boone’s long service to his country, he defended America’s frontier in combat, laid out roads, explored the west and served as an Indian commissioner and peace keeper. His service to his country lasted until 1853 when he resigned as a lieutenant colonel at the age 72. He enjoyed his final years at his Greene County farm.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves Boone’s last home and his grave. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. For more information and a list of speakers and times, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information about state parks and historic sites, visit