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Wilson's Creek re-enactment projected to draw up to 60K spectators

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The Battle of Wilson's Creek 150th anniversary re-enactment, scheduled for Aug. 12-14, is expected to draw 50,000 to 60,000 spectators and 3,000 re-enactors from across the country.

The re-enactment will feature battle scenarios such as the fight in the cornfield, the fight for bloody hill, as well as a period wedding, a military ball, an 1860s baseball game, a church service and a duel, according to a news release from the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation.

Event officials also will set up a family camping area for groups to camp in period tents with the re-enactors, creating the atmosphere of a Civil War era soldier's camp.

Tickets for the event - three-day pass, $50, and one-day ticket, $20 - as well as booking for the campsites - tents at $250 per person - are available at www.wilsonscreek150.com.

Proceeds of the re-enactment events will go toward the construction of an 8,000-square-foot museum addition to house the battlefield's Civil War Museum collection of more than 15,000 artifacts, land preservation efforts and educational programs, according to the event Web site.

The Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, a nonprofit organization associated with the National Park Service, was established in 1950.[[In-content Ad]]

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