Daniel Seeler will be returning with his mountain howitzer to Heritage Day at the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site. (Journal file photos)
PLEASANTON – The Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation will present its annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be at the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site at 20485 Kansas Highway 52 about a mile west of the Mound City exit on U.S. Highway 69.
The event will include an address by Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and will likely include a re-enactment of a Civil War skirmish between re-enactors from both the Union and Confederate armies as long as enough re-enactors attend.
Tami Neal, president of the foundation, said that two cannons are slated to be fired at the event. Daniel Seeler will return this year with his mountain howitzer, and another artillery group said they would attend.
Other demonstrations of 1860s-era skills and crafts include basket- and broom-making, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, Dutch-oven cooking, a medical tent and an artifact display. There will also be an activity table for the children.
New this year will be a demonstration of Civil War weapons.
Music this year will be by the Prairie Sunflower Strings band from the Fort Scott area.
For lunch, hamburgers from Fort Scott-based E3 Meat Co. will be served. All proceeds from lunch sales will go toward the company’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking, Neal said.
As always, the visitor center will be open as will the trails that lead into the 440-acre site.
This is a fundraising event for the foundation, and there is a $5 charge for adults and $2 for children. As part of its fundraising effort, the foundation will also be conducting a raffle.