Rather late notice, but we're seeking interested folks to fill the ranks of a Confederate battalion for commemoration of the Battle of Lone Jack 150th, August 17-19, 2012.
The impression will represent the mounted infantry forces led by Confederate Col. Jeremiah Vardaman Cockrell the summer of 1862. Under orders from Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman, Cockrell, along with a number of other independently led Confederate commands, ventured north into Missouri from Arkansas on a recruiting campaign. Evading Federal forces along the way, they attracted hundreds of fresh, untrained recruits who flocked to the recruiting camps, many just days prior to the battle, to avoid compulsory enrollment in the newly formed Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union). Although portraying Confederate troops, a well-researched Missouri State Guard impression will serve as an excellent basis for this event.
Guidelines are posted at http://www.lonejackbattle150.org.
We currently have two companies being organized, and plan to form a third. We would like to round these out into 20-25 men each; Mike Kupsch will lead the Tater Mess company, and Clay Goser will lead The Lamar Rifle company.
Don't feel bad if you're not familiar with this battle, or this event. Few outside Missouri know much about this small, yet brutal fight, and this is the first time a progressive-type event here has been planned. Although this will be a spectator-friendly event with some mainstream characteristics, we are working to incorporate meaningful, memorable content and features for a more demanding participant:
• A march from the site of the original 1862 Confederate camps to the authentic camps at the reenactment site, along the actual Confederate route of approach
• Recruiting camp induction for new recruits, based on researched accounts
• Foraging parties
• Multiple opportunities for unrehearsed interaction with civilians of various loyalties, based on researched accounts
• Sentry duty
• A civilian interpretive area, anchored by a 19th c home with intact outbuildings and recreated interpretive features (heirloom garden, etc.)
• 2.3 mile preservation march from the reenactment site to the museum, to raise awareness of Battlefield Preservation
Concurrent with living history activities at the reenactment site will be weekend-long commemoration activities at the actual battlefield site two miles away- the Lone Jack Battlefield, Museum and Soldiers Cemetery, where the slain are buried in two trench graves. Military and civilian interpreters are invited to take part in an honorary wreath-laying ceremony at the Union and Confederate monuments in the Soldiers Cemetery.
This event is sponsored by, and is a benefit for the Lone Jack Historical Society, a 501 (c) 3 historical org, which manages and operates the Lone Jack Battlefield Museum and Soldiers Cemetery. We are also working to raise money and awareness for the plight of the remaining portions of the Lone Jack battlefield that are threatened by commercial and residential development. Preserving what's left of that land is the 'new' battle of Lone Jack. The Lone Jack battlefield was listed as one of 15 "at risk" sites in the Civil War Trust's 2009 report "History Under Siege". Learn more about our mission at www.historiclonejack.org.
Please contact me with any questions, comments, etc.
VP, Lone Jack Historical Society