Arkansas Civil War reenactment events scheduled in Osceola

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

As the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Arkansas, the Mississippi County Historical and Genealogical Society will host a series of reenactment events which took place in Osceola, paying tribute to the area's founding fathers who fought on both sides of the war.

Glynda Thompson, MCHGS president, said the first event will be an "enlistment reenactment" to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Osceola courthouse square. And, the community is invited to participate.

Citizens will be needed to play the roles of Union and Confederate officers; enlisting soldiers; mothers and wives; musicians etc.

Since the enlistment ceremonies were often "red, white and blue" rallies, the event will include box lunches on the lawn, patriotic music, and, of course, a patriotic maiden lady to keep a flag or a handkerchief waving with only the rarest and briefest of intervals, who "would go in a minute if she was a man." Women will be needed to make Confederate secession cockades. Thompson explained this is a knot of ribbons the ladies made for men to pin on their hat as a badge. The colors showed their alliance to the Confederacy.

The Osceola event will also include a quilt show, demonstrating the legend quilts were used as symbols in the Underground Railroad.

Anyone who would like to display quilts during the show are encouraged to contact the museum.

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