Thursday, August 4, 2011

Union Defender July 2011


1) Members discussed upcoming events, including 150th anniversary ceremonies for the battles of Carthage, Wilson’s Creek and Springfield (Zagonyi’s Charge), and the Wilson’s Creek battle reenactment.

Several members of Phelps Camp participated in a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Carthage on Saturday, July 9. After a formal commemorative ceremony, Phelps Camp member Steve Weldon introduced Carthage artist Andy Thomas, who unveiled preliminary sketches of the proposed German-American soldier memorial (see attached photos). Phelps Camp members will serve as official historical advisors on the monument project. Despite blistering heat, a large crowd was in attendance to remember those on both sides who fell on July 5, 1861.

NEXT MEETING Next month’s meeting will be rescheduled to coincide with the 150th anniversary activities at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on August 10. Activities begin with period music at 6:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m. We will have a short business meeting in the Visitor Center following the ceremony. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Visitor Center lot and ride a shuttle bus to the Ray House, where the ceremony will take place.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WILSON’S CREEK REENACTMENT Phelps Camp will have a recruiting/sales table at the Wilson’s Creek reenactment on August 12-14. We need volunteers to man the table on Saturday morning and afternoon (to back up those who have already volunteered), and on Sunday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Please contact Jeff Patrick as soon as possible at 417-732-2662, ext. 226, or by e-mail ( if you are available. Again, here’s the schedule to date:

Friday, Aug. 12—Todd and Tim Wilkinson
Saturday, Aug. 13—Kirk Singleton and Richard Cochran
Sunday, Aug. 14—Open

CAN DO! Are we still collecting aluminum cans? You bet we are! Bring a bag of cans to the next meeting. Aluminum sales help support our camp, so keep drinking! UPCOMING


August 6: Parade in downtown Republic, followed by living history programs. Parade begins at 10 a.m.
August 7: Ceremony at Clever Middle School to commemorate the skirmish at Dug Springs, 2 p.m.

August 10: Battle of Wilson’s Creek anniversary ceremony, 7 p.m.

August 12-14: Battle of Wilson’s Creek Reenactment (

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