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direction of Colonel Franz Sigel, fought a running battle at Carthage, Missouri as they retreated from approximately 6,000 Missouri State Guard militiamen under Governor Claiborne F. Jackson, a Confederate sympathizer. The main Union route of retreat was along a stretch of road now called “Civil War Road” (old County Road 15), north of Carthage. The soldiers also fought through the town itself before the battle finally ended at nightfall. Over 7,000 troops were involved in the day-long battle. The Union and Confederate casualties totaled approximately 50 killed and 150 wounded.

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On July 5th, 1861, 1,100 Union troops, under

Battle of Carthage

Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Thus the first serious conflict between the United States troops and the rebels has been fought in Missouri... The New York Times July 15, 1861


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…they believed in what they believed and they were willing to dedicate their lives to that belief. At this late date, there is no way we can hope to understand the emotional challenge faced by everyone involved, but we do know this was a place of great danger, that it was not safe in your own home for a considerable period of time. Marvin VanGilder, Carthage Historian

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The City of Carthage Sesquicentennial Committee and the Battle of Carthage, Inc present:

Battle of Carthage

Sesquicentennial Reenactment Weekend

May 13-15, 2011 Historic Carthage, Missouri Battle of Carthage Reenactment May 14, 2011 March begins at 1 p.m. Municipal Park and down Oak Street Battle Begins at 2 p.m. Central Park to the Historic Carthage Square

The Battle of Carthage Commemoration Ceremony & Festival July 9, 2011 Commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Carthage Central Park Activities associated with the commemoration include recognition of the Battle of Carthage from key elected officials, as well as period demonstrations, period vendors, and festival activities. A cannon will be on exhibit from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for demonstration. Powers Museum will feature a traveling exhibit, and area organizations will offer activities in honor of the event.

Carthage is proud to offer the first sesquicentennial reenactment in Missouri and the only reenactment in the state to take place in a downtown setting. The Battle of Carthage Reenactment will be a rampage through the town. The reenactors will march approximately one mile into Carthage, have several skirmishes throughout the city, and conclude the battle on the historic Carthage Square. Activities available to tourists include visiting the reenactors camp ground, interacting with the reenactors at social events, including a Saturday night dance and a Sunday morning church service.

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Get Real in Carthage Make plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Carthage and the American Civil War. Produced in Cooperation with the Carthage Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Contact the Carthage CVB for educational flyers, maps, and program of events. or call 1-866-357-8687 .

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