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May 6, 2012 - Knitting Update

I've completed 2 more projects. Both scarves. What I love about knitting is the same as cooking. You don't have to follow a recipe. All you need is ingredients and a few basic instructions and you can create all kinds of things. I picked up some yarn in the Philippines. It doesn't come in a ball or scheme but in in small plastic bag. I wasn't sure how much to buy so I got 6 of them. I used 3. I made a scarf for a team members wife that did not go to the Philippines. This is her husbands 6th visit. I wanted her to have a piece of the...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Wilson's Creek Natl Battlefield & Library

On this pleasant day (temperature ranged from 76 to 88 degrees), we walked several of the trails at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield that we've previously not walked: 1) Gibson's House and Mill sites plus the Ray Cornfield at Auto Tour Stop #1; 2) Pulaski AR Battery (CS) at Stop #3; and 3) Edwards Cabin which served as Major General Sterling Price's (CS) Headquarters at Stop #5. There were few visitors today, and we actually had some of the trails to ourselves. After returning to the Visitor Center, Dan visited the Library to obtain any...

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Aug 14, 2011 - WC 150th Anniversary Reenactment (Day 3)

As today's schedule was different from the 2 previous days (see below), we arrived shortly after the outdoor church service had started. A reenactor minister read and discussed the meaning of each verse of the 23rd Psalm followed by all singing "What A Friend We Have in Jesus" and a benediction from the minister. 8:00 a.m............Site Opens 10:00 a.m............Outdoor Church Service 12:00 noon...........Battle Reenactment 3:00-6:00 p.m.......Period Music, Craft Demonstrations, Games, Army Skirmishes 8:00 p.m............Site Closed We...

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Aug 13, 2011 - WC 150th Anniversary Reenactment (Day 2)

On this hot morning (86 degrees by 8:00 a.m.), we arrived at the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment at @ 8:30 a.m. The schedule for today's activities was slightly different from yesterday and follows: 8:00 a.m............Site Opens 10:30 a.m............Battle Reenactment 12:00-8:00 p.m.......Period Music, Craft Demonstrations, Games, Army Skirmishes 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.....Gentlemen's Duel 5:30 p.m............Battle Reenactment (depicts a different part of the battle) 6:00 p.m............Authentic Camping...

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Aug 12, 2011 - WC 150th Anniversary Reenactment (Day 1)

As the festivities for the Battle of Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment commemorating one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles opened at 8:00 a.m., we arrived at the parking lot at approximately 7:30 a.m. (about 30 minutes away from the Ozark/Branson RV Park) to begin Day 1. Advertisements for the reenactment foretold of a historic step back in time as reenactors created an unmatched spectacle and the availability of family-friendly food and activities: period games, crafts, shows and more. At the entrance, we received a site map...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Commemoration

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek, we joined approximately 60 people on a Park Ranger led tour of the tour road. At the Ray House and Bloody Hills stops on the tour road, the Park Ranger discussed what occurred at that location and its impact on the overall battle. At Sigel's (Federal Colonel Franz Sigel) Final Position auto tour stop, a cannon demonstration (no black powder) was given. At the Bloody Hill tour stop, Dan and I decided to walk the 0.75-mile walking trail which led past the site of a cannon battery, a...

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Aug 9, 2011 - Battle of Wilson's Creek

Although we had driven the Battle of Wilson's Creek tour road yesterday and as tomorrow is the planned 150th Anniversary Commemoration Program, we reviewed the battle which continues in the National Park Service brochure from yesterday's entry. Despite inferior numbers, Union Brigadier General Nathanial Lyon decided to attack the Confederate encampments. Leaving 1,000 men to guard his supplies, Lyon led 5,400 soldiers out of Springfield at night on August 9. His plan called for 1,200 men under Colonel Franz Sigel (of St. Louis) to swing...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

We visited the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center which showed in detail, via a film, electric battle map, and exhibits the Battle of Wilson's Creek (called Oak Hills by Confederates) that was fought on August 10, 1861. It is named for the stream that crosses the battle area. Here Union and Confederate forces struggled bitterly for 5 hours for control of Missouri in the Civil War's first year. Stopping in the gift shop, Dan purchased a specially made t-shirt, pin, and sticker (for the motorcoach) commemorating Wilson's Creek...

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