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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 13, 2021 – Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site staff members invite the public to commemorate the Battle of Island Mound, the first Civil War battle where Black soldiers engaged in combat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. 

Planned activities include live stage performances, a living history walking loop and other Civil War-themed events. Attendees will see a presentation of the Buffalo soldiers and a first-person portrayal of Lt. Patrick Minor, an officer who successfully led a Union artillery unit during the Battle of Westport. 

The living history walking loop will feature a rope-making demonstration, a bison program, a Missouri German carpenter's display and an opportunity to meet the Buffalo Soldiers and Lt. Patrick Minor. Participating organizations will include the Fort Scott National Historic Site and the Bates County Museum. This event is free and open to the public.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site is located at 4837 NW County Road 1002, Butler, in western Missouri. For more information, please contact Stockton State Park at 417-276-4259.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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