Prairie Grove Offers Chance To Relive History With Battle Reenactment

PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) -- The smell of gun powder and the sound of explosions will bring you back to Civil War days in Northwest Arkansas this weekend.

More than 2,700 soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing while fighting for the divide of our state. Over 22,000 soldier fought for what they believed in and a reenactment in Prairie Grove give people a chance to remember those on both sides of the battle.

Park workers said this experience will draws people in and even makes some emotional.

People come from all across the country to participate in the reenactment. One reenactor, David Martin, traveled from Louisiana and is staying in the camps. He said he is living like the soldiers did 152 years ago and suiting up to participate in the battle.

Martin said he hopes to connect with the past and, in a way, live a part of history.

"I always enjoy the gasp of the spectators when the first batteries go off and the car alarms start," said Martin. "Just the concussion they feel, imagine what our ancestors went through."

The reenactment is free and will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 3) and Sunday (Dec. 4).

In addition to the big battle, several other demonstrations will happen throughout the weekend such as lace making, fire place cooking and tours of the camps. A full list of the activities is here.

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