For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
Assistant City Manager
BATTLE OF KIRKSVILLE ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION TAKES PLACE IN DOWNTOWN KIRKSVILLE
(Kirksville, Mo.) – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In commemoration, there will be a Battle of Kirksville weekend celebration August 5, 6 and 7 on Kirksville’s downtown square.
Both adults and children will find entertainment throughout the weekend event, which is free to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for their leisure.
Friday evening will feature a Civil War-themed “Friday Night on the Square.” Saturday entertainment will include music, games, competitions, and education about the Civil War era and the Battle of Kirksville. Sunday afternoon there will be a community church service at Rotary Park.
The Battle of Kirksville took place August 6-9, 1862 in Adair County. Confederate troops had hidden themselves near Kirksville but were defeated when Yankee troops took over the town of Kirksville. This battle helped secure the Union’s influence in northeastern Missouri.
Please see below for a complete schedule of events, or visit http://mocivilwar150.com/event/627
Battle of Kirksville 150th Anniversary Commemoration Schedule of Events:
Friday, August 5th:
7pm Friday Night on the Square-- Courthouse Lawn
Period Piece music
DAV: handout flags
Table of information on activities
Saturday, August 6th:
3pm Adair County Historical Society Open (tours, battle diorama)
Flag ceremony with Veterans at Courthouse (begins at 3:45pm)
4pm Scavenger Hunt Begins
Medical Tent Opens
Children’s Games begin
NEMO Country Dance Club: Virginia Reel
4-6pm Historic Photos—“Have your historic civil war photos taken by Missouri Moments (Photos printed in sepia tones)* fee will be charged for photos”
5pm Period Piece Music and Costume Contest
Last scavenger hunt given out
6pm Explanation of Flag Display
Begin vignettes (Done at the beginning and end)
Sunday, August 7th:
2pm Kirksville Community Church service at Rotary Park