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Battle of Marshall 150: What happened at the Battle of Marshall? Local historian will discuss battle, plus Civil War weapons expert will provide display, information

Friday, January 11, 2013

Marvin Wilhite
In late September 1863, then-Col. Joseph Shelby led his battle-hardened Iron Brigade on what would be a 1,500 mile raid through Union-controlled Missouri. On Oct. 13, 1863, Union forces caught up with Shelby at Marshall.

The ensuing battle has been studied by historians but is not as well-known to the public as other Missouri clashes, according to a news release from Marshall Cultural Council.

Probably no one has studied the battle longer or in more depth than local historian Marvin Wilhite, MCC officials said.

Wilhite will present his findings Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Windmill Gallery, 467 S. Odell Ave., in Marshall.

His lecture will be accompanied by a Civil War weapons exhibit by Brian Ivlow. Ivlow is a member of the board of directors of Friends of the James Farm, the birthplace of Civil War guerrilla and outlaw Jessie James.

A scale replica of a Civil War era cannon provided by Marshall Public School Superintendent Ryan Huff will also be on display.

The event will start at 1 p.m. and will serve as a prologue to the Battle of Marshall re-enactment planned for Sept. 13-15.

"I've heard people say they find battle re-enactments to be somewhat confusing," said Eric Crump, a member of the Battle of Marshall 150th Anniversary Commemoration steering committee. "If they aren't students of the battle, spectators might not be really sure what's happening on the field. Anyone who listens to Marvin will understand what's going on in September when we bring the Battle of Marshall to life."

The free event featuring Wilhite and Ivlow will be the third in a year-long series of events designed to commemorate the battle anniversary and explore the life of Marshall and Saline County residents during the Civil War era.

Food comparable to what Civil War soldiers lived on will be served at the event.

Previous lectures were delivered by Virginia Laas, professor emeritus at Missouri Southern State University, who discussed how Missouri women endured guerrilla warfare, and historian James Denny, who provided the context for Wilhite's lecture by discussing Shelby's military career and his famous raid.

This program is organized by the Marshall Cultural Council and is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Future Second Saturday events will include music, photography, storytelling, presentations and lectures and will cover the history of the battle, period clothing, food, games and dance.

Future events include:

--Saturday, Feb. 9: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery -- "Pennytown and the Lives of African Americans in Saline County," lecture by historian Virginia Huston, "Temp Murray: A Post-Slavery Success Story," lecture by historian Marvin Wilhite and storytelling by Gladys Claire Coggswell.

--Saturday, March 9: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery -- Dawn to Dusk Period Fashion Show, Connie Grisier and Connie Cunningham.

--Saturday, April 13: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery -- Lecture by Arrow Rock Historic Site Administrator Michael Dickey and music and lecture by Missouri fiddle music expert and Prof. Emeritus Howard Marshall.

--Saturday, May 11: 10 a.m. at Windmill Gallery -- Children's fair: Period games and activities for kids, plus storytelling by Joyce Slater.

--Saturday, June 8: 1 p.m., location to be announced -- Civil War photography with photographers Bill Westbrook and Chris Nelson.

Other summer events are still in the planning stages.

The commemoration will culminate in Sept. 13-15 with two battle recreations, a parade from the Marshall square to Indian Foothills Park, camp tours, lectures, sutlers, music, a dance, storytellers, period crafts and cannon firings.

The battle re-enactment has been granted a "maximum effort" status by the Missouri Civil War Re-enactors' Association. The 2nd Missouri Infantry is the sponsoring MCWRA unit.

On the anniversary of the battle, Oct. 13, 2013, local veterans organizations will host a ceremony to honor the sacrifices and suffering of soldiers and civilians who endured the battle and the strife of the war years.

Other partners in the project include Marshall Parks and Recreation, the City of Marshall, Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Saline County Historical Society, Saline County, the Saline County Fair Association, Missouri Arts Council and Windmill Gallery.

For more information, contact Eric Crump at ewcrump@gmail.com or 660-815-0258.


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Oops. Event starts at 1 p.m.

-- Posted by Eric Crump on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:43 AM

I may have missed it, but what time on Saturday?

-- Posted by Interested Too on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 6:52 AM

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