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Battle of Athens State Historic Park, MO (1-3-11) : Today's Athens, Missouri is nothing more than a loosely clustered mix of farms and riverfront homes, with nothing but a small, virtually unknown, state park bearing its name to draw anyone's Attention to it on a map.  At the outbreak of the Civil War the town was a bit larger and was a fairly important town in the region.  A small but growing town in 1861, Athens was home to a large grist mill and the only ferry to allow passage across the Des Moines River for quite a distance in either direction.  Like the rest of Missouri, loyalties at the outbreak of war were sharply divided and it became a target for Union loyalists in neighboring Iowa.  Seeking to suppress southern sympathies in the region and gain control of the ferry, which provided the most direct line of supply from nearby Keokuk, a small band of some 500 local militia under command of Colonel David Moore moved in and occupied the town on  July 22, 1861.
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A secessionist force of around 2,000 had already been assembled under Colonel Martin Green and soon moved out to dislodge the Yankees from Missouri.  They arrived on the outskirts of Athens on August 4, 1861 with three cannon.  The federals were surrounded in the town on three sides with the Des Moines River to their backs.  The attack came with first light on the 5th.  Though outnumbered nearly 4 to 1, the federal militia managed to repel the two hour rebel attack, largely due to their superiority in firearms.  The federals held the town and, as such, northeastern Missouri remained in Union hands for the entirety of the Civil War.
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Today, a small Historic State Park preserves the surviving buildings that existed at the time of the battle.  This park is much different from more well-known parks farther east.  A small room at the main office holds a few artifacts and important info on the battle and the only other displays to be found are at the Thome-Benning, or Cannonball House, which still bears a large scar from the battle.  Aside from this the grounds are open and quiet, at least when I visited, which contrasts pleasantly with larger, busier battlefields.  Here's the tour...
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<i><b>Battle Statistics</b></i>
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<b>United States of America</b><br>
<b>Armies Engaged:</b>  Missouri Home Guard<br>
<b>Commanding Officer:</b>  Colonel David Moore<br>
<b>Strength:</b>  500<br>
<b>Casualties:</b>  23 <i>or 4.5%</i> (3 killed, 20 wounded)<br><br>

<b>Confederate States</b><br>
<b>Armies Engaged:</b>  Missouri State Guard<br>
<b>Commanding Officer:</b>  Colonel Martin E. Green<br>
<b>Strength:</b>  ~2,000<br>
<b>Casualties:</b>  31 <i>or 1.6%</i>

Battle of Athens State Historic Park,...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Today's Athens, Missouri is nothing more than a loosely clustered mix ...

Updated: Jan 03, 2011 8:47pm PST

Liendo Plantation 2010 :

Liendo Plantation 2010

ericmiller

Updated: Dec 29, 2010 2:27pm PST

Cosmopolitan Hotel Dedication Old Town : The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, San Diego, was rededicated July 10th 2010. I documented the event for the Frontier Army of the West, but other groups participated: The Buffalo Soldiers, The Alpine Outlaws, and The Marine Color Guard. Old Town holds a significant place in San Diego history as the original site of the city. The hotel has been completely renovated and is now open to the public to enjoy along with the old historic adobe structure that sits adjacent to it. If you've never spent an afternoon wandering around Old Town, it is well worth a visit. You will learn a lot about the history of the city where I enjoy living.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Dedication Old Town

Elizabeth Heath

The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, San Diego, was rededicated July 10 ...

Updated: Jul 12, 2010 6:13pm PST

Battle of Sacramento 2009 : Some pictures from the Reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento, in Sacramento Kentucky

Battle of Sacramento 2009

Tony Austin (rainfeather)

Some pictures from the Reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento, in Sac ...

Updated: Jun 06, 2010 11:13am PST

Battle Of Fort Steilacom 2010 :

Battle Of Fort Steilacom 2010

Chris Yetter

Updated: May 22, 2010 9:30pm PST

Civil War Reenactment - Vista 2010 :

Civil War Reenactment - Vista 2010

Elizabeth Heath

Updated: Apr 30, 2010 10:36pm PST

Rockford Reenactment 2010 : Rockford, NC  March 2010
Pricing by private treaty only!

Rockford Reenactment 2010

Blue Zombie Photography

Rockford, NC March 2010 Pricing by private treaty only!

Updated: Apr 06, 2010 7:42pm PST

Franklin, TN Carnton Plantation : Carnton Plantation contains the largest Confederate Cemetary. This cemetary is located in Franklin, TN and contains those who fell at the battle of Franklin in 1864.

Franklin, TN Carnton Plantation

awaitedmoments

Carnton Plantation contains the largest Confederate Cemetary. This cem ...

Updated: Apr 06, 2010 12:46pm PST

Lincoln's New Salem, IL (8-22-09) : Arguably our nation's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln came from very humble beginnings.  Moving to New Salem from his native Kentucky in 1831 Lincoln quickly became involved in the local community.  During his time here he served as a clerk in the local store, a volunteer soldier, a rail splitter, river-boatman, postmaster, surveyor, and finally a twice elected member of the Illinois General Assembly which launched his political career.  It was here, at New Salem, that Lincoln honed his skills as a public representative.  In 1837 he moved to nearby Springfield and the rest is better known history.

New Salem the town was founded in 1828 by two men who located a small grist mill here, near the Sangamon River.  Unfortunately, the location just off the river was less than ideal and the town enjoyed a very short lifespan.  As you'll read in the album, very few families stayed for more than a few years, and by 1840 the town was abandoned.  During the Great Depression the CCC reconstructed 22 of the old structures and moved one original back to the original town site.  Due to the fact that the structures are now some 80-years old, the site has a very authentic feel and is extremely well presented.  For a Lincoln/Civil War buff like I, Lincoln's New Salem was a must-visit and it didn't disappoint...

Lincoln's New Salem, IL (8-22-09)

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Arguably our nation's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln came from ve ...

Updated: Mar 24, 2010 10:38am PST

Battle of Olustee 2010 : 145th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Olustee , US Civil War.   Olustee FL

Battle of Olustee 2010

TDLITWILLER

145th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Olustee , US Civil War. ...

Updated: Feb 20, 2010 6:26pm PST