Missouri Civil War buffs re-enact army's occupation

Missouri Civil War buffs re-enact army's occupation

They were taller than their counterparts of 150 years ago and not bedraggled from marching for days on end.

Civil War re-enactors wearing hot, heavy wool uniforms were at The Commons at Jordan Valley portraying the first army to occupy Springfield during the Civil War.

"It's all fascinating," said onlooker Mike Griffin of Springfield.

On June 24, 1861, German-speaking Union troops who had enlisted in St. Louis arrived in Springfield after marching from Rolla. Many of them had marched through their shoes. Others wore flour sacks they had stitched into pants to replace clothes worn into rags on the march.

Civil War Reenactment, Ferndale, Virginia, USA




Civil War Reenactment, Ferndale, Virginia, USA


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This federal force, the first army to occupy Springfield during the Civil War, began rounding up Southern sympathizers.

Springfield would change hands many times during the war.

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