THEY FOUGHT LIKE TIGERS: THE SKIRMISH AT ISLAND MOUND AND THE FIRST ENGAGEMENT OF BLACK SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR
6/10/2023 | WATKINS MILL STATE PARK | LAWSON, MO
While many people are familiar with the historical significance of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment, as depicted in the movie “Glory,” few are aware that the very first Civil War engagement involving Black soldiers occurred on Missouri soil, not far from Butler in Bates County. This momentous event is commemorated at one of Missouri's newest state historic sites: Battle of Island Mound.
Much of what is known about this event comes from military records of the time or oral histories. In this program, presenter Dr. Ann Raab will share her experiences working as an archeologist at the location of the historic site, as well as the social and cultural considerations of properly memorializing this moment in time.
This presentation is sponsored by the Missouri Speakers Bureau. The Missouri Speaker Bureau is jointly organized and managed by Missouri Humanities and the State Historical Society of Missouri.
PRESENTATION TIME: 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Watkins Mill State Park is located at:
26600 Park Road N., Lawson, MO | 816-580-3387
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Classmates, teachers, family members and friends gathered Wednesday night to celebrate the life of Chase Archambault as they planted an oak tree in his honor on the grounds of the Weston Post Office.
The celebration was called “Day of the Living” after a paper Chase had written in Jr. High Spanish class for the day after the Day of the Dead. In it, he said November 3 should emphasize a vision for living, be a celebration of the precious moments of your life. “We should make sure than everyone is happy for that day,” he wrote.
Mason McGivern said he had lunch with Chase every day. He always had 30 facts to share. He made classes enjoyable.” Olivia Jeffers said he was a sweet, good person. I felt like I knew him my whole life.”
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Nolan (left) and Bruce Archambault IV with their mother Jeanette in front of the oak tree planted in Chase’s memory.