The 150th Civil War Sesquicentennial will be commemorated on
the weekend of May 3-5 in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. This living history
event began in 2009 and includes Union, Confederate, Sutler and a
On May 4 &5, general public is welcome with camps opening at 9 am both
days with 8 am church service for reenactors on Sunday. All encampment
activities are located in the Moses Austin Park (look for signs).
Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry demonstrations and drills will conducted
both Saturday & Sunday. Civil War musical band and Ladies Fashion Show are
scheduled for Saturday in the park. Saturday afternoon there will be a
reenactment of Federal troops taking possession of Merchant Bank funds at
the original downtown site 3 blocks from the encampments. This reenactment
will be conducted by local Enlisted Missouri Militia( Ste. Genevieve),
Turner Union Brigade (St. Louis),9th Missouri Confederate
Infantry, and small artillery detachment (Cape Girardeau).
On August 14, 1861, Major John McDonald and the 8th Missouri
Infantry (250 men) with one cannon, arrived by riverboat from Cape
Girardeau, MO to Sainte Genevieve on the Mississippi River (a heavy troop
& supply route). Ordered by Major General John C. Fremont, these Federal
troops took ‘possession’ of all funds ($58,313.30) from Merchant Bank.
This was based upon fear of Confederates led by General Jeff Thompson and
his raiders being active in the Southeast Missouri stealing bank funds for
financial support of the Confederacy.
The Civil War Living History Encampment & Reenactment is organized and
hosted by the Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326 – Sons of Union
Veterans of the Civil War and the Co. F, 78th E.M.M –Sons of
Veterans Reserve of Ste. Genevieve, MO. The St. James camp was named after
Lt. Col. St. James GAR Post formed in this small town after the war. Lt.
Col St. James died on April 6, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh leading his
men of the 13th Missouri Infantry. Colonel St. James is buried
close to his parents in the Memorial Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve, MO.
For more information please contact Gary at email:
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