8th Missouri re-enactors due in park this weekend

Published 11:38 am Thursday, February 24, 2011

The 8th Missouri Infantry Civil War re-enactment group will present a living history encampment at the Vicksburg National Military Park this weekend.

The event will take place at Tour Stop 2, next to the Shirley House and the Illinois Memorial.

Throughout Saturday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, the group will demonstrate infantry tactics and weapons and show engineering tools and techniques the army used during the Civil War.

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Eleven men in the 8th Missouri were awarded Medals of Honor for actions during an assault on May 22, 1863.

Park admission is $8 per vehicle and valid for a week. All VNMP and National Park Service passes are honored. Call the park at 601-636-0583 for more information.

VNMP will also offer several fee-free days this year on April 16-24, June 21 and Nov. 11-13.