Westport history comes alive Oct. 24-26

Order #11 as depicted by artist George Caleb Bingham.

You’ll be able to walk through a Civil War camp, listen to period music, and watch skirmishes at Westport’s annual Civil War re-enactment later this month.

Here are details from the Westport Historical Society:

In keeping with the Civil War Sesquicentennial, this year’s theme will be “Order Number 11,” which was enacted in August of 1863.  “Celebrate Old Westport” is also the kickoff event for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Westport, the largest battle west of the Mississippi, to be celebrated October 24-26, 2014.

The Westport Historical Society and Kelly’s Irish Brigade would like to invite the public to learn more about Kansas City’s history on October 26, 2013, at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum. Soldiers will relate accounts of the War, tell ghost stories around the campfire, and talk about what life was like in the 1860s.  A re-enacting of Order Number 11 will be held at 1 pm in the parking lot of Westport Frameworks and Dave’s Stagecoach Inn, located down the street from the Museum at 310 Westport Road.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Civil War encampment will be open from 11 am to 4 pm.  A Civil War dance will be held at 4 pm.  Instruction will be provided, and all dances will be called.  Period dress is encouraged, but not required.

“Celebrate Old Westport” is a free event, though donations are appreciated.

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