Heritage Day at Mine Creek site draws visitors, re-enactors

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Right, Mark Isbell of La Cygne, a Confederate reenactor cleans his gun as the rest of his patrol falls in for inspection. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

PLEASANTON – At midday on Saturday, Aug. 7, the sun beat down, and people braving hot and humid weather outside found shade and a comfortable breeze along the expanse of windows on the south side of the Mine Creek Battlefield Historic Site visitors' center.

Inside the center, visitors could soak up some air-conditioned coolness. Around the building several pop-up kiosks offered everything from animal skins to handwoven scarves to historical information.

Out on the grounds Union and Confederate reenactors wearing Civil War-era woolen coats seemed oblivious to the heat. Performing drills and checking and cleaning rifles, they prepared for a planned skirmish to represent the Battle of Mine Creek.

Coming out from behind hay bales, the Confederates scored the first kill by taking down a sentry. But Union soldiers quickly responded, and with presumably better marksmen, the rebel forces were soon decimated to the point of surrender.

Mike Scheller, front, of Emporia fires along with other members of his unit at advancing Confederate troops.

At left, Bridger Keyes of Fort Scott tries his hand playing a three-string cigar box guitar. Right, Randall Durbin of Overbrook, Kan., cuts a convincing figure as Gen. Ullysses S. Grant.

John Atherton, left, and Ken Shoemaker provided Civil War and early country music throughout the day.

Clockwise from top left, Daniel Feeler (left) and Mike "Bluehawk" Adams load a replica 1841 Mountain mortar, Feeler prepares to fire, and discharges the big gun. Feeler, from Clearwater, Kan., and Adams of New Albany, Kan., were some of the more than 30 reenactors taking part in the day's events.

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