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 Post subject: Reenactments at Boonville, Mo and Vienna, Va This Weekend
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:54 pm 
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This is jumping the gun a bit on the ACW Day By Day posts but there are a couple of reenactments coming up that those from Missouri (17 – 19 June) or Northern Virginia (17 - 18 June) areas might be interested in attending (and might like to know ahead of time). A short discussion of each and the links are:

After capturing the state capital at Jefferson City on June 15 with no opposition and raising the Union flags to the strains of national airs, Nathaniel Lyon and his forces pressed on deeper into Missouri, following retreating Gov. Claiborne Jackson. Moving mainly by boat up the Missouri, Lyon landed about 1700 men below Boonville, advanced on the town, and after a short fight occupied the place. Casualties were light on both sides, but it was in a sense a serious Confederate defeat. Not only were pro-Confederates in the area dispersed, but it helped the Union control the Missouri River and seriously hindered efforts to hold the pro-Southern part of Missouri north of the river. One Federal soldier wrote that in Missouri “We were both missionaries and musketeers. When we captured a man we talked him nearly to death; in other respects we treated him humanely. The Civil War was a battle of ideas interrupted by artillery.” Following the loss of Boonville, pro-Southern Gov Jackson, his small armed force, and his government “in transit” had to retire to the southern part of Missouri. http://www.goboonville.com/1861details.pdf

In Virginia there were several actions. Stone’s Federals skirmished at Conrad’s Ferry, Md, along the Potomac as part of the Rockville Expedition. There was also action near Vienna and New Creek, Va. At Vienna some Ohio troops were sent to repair and guard the Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad about fifteen miles from Alexandria when Confederates ambushed and captured the train. A brilliant little achievement by Col Maxcy Gregg and his 1st South Carolina that meant little, but brought chagrin to the Federals. http://dclawyeronthecivilwar.blogspot.c ... rview.html and http://historicviennainc.org/?p=279

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