On Sept. 29 and 30, the Civil War will be the focus of attention as Newtonia celebrates the Sesquicentennial of the 1862 battle fought there.
The days will be filled with demonstrations by re-enactors, autograph sessions by an author with a book about Newtonia, a memorial service featuring a United States Senator and an Indian chief, a display and talk by one of southwest Missouri's finest artists, a community festival, a parade, a special first cover envelope from the U. S. Post Office, a 5K run/walk, tours of the Ritchey Mansion and grounds, and much more.
Most of the events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 8 a.m. memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30.
The re-enactors, representing both Confederate and Union forces, will hold
drills, cannon firings and demonstrate some graphic scenes of medical treatment as it would have been on a Civil War battlefield. Several re-enactment units and the artillerists from Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will provide the fire power and march in the community parade.
Larry Wood, Joplin author, will be available to sign copies of his book "The Two Civil War Battles of Newtonia." Doug Hall, of Pineville, will be on hand to talk about his mural depicting the First Battle of Newtonia which is part of a Newtonia County Tourism Council's county wide mural project. Hall will also bring some of his Indian paintings for display.
A large lapel collection featuring events from the Civil War will be on display. The display includes 1,600 pins commissioned by Lions Club International, memorializing Civil War battles, personalities and stories from across the nation.
Senator Roy Blunt and Glenna Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, have been invited to deliver keynote addresses at a memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Newtonia Baptist Church. The 8 a.m. service will be conducted at the same hour on the exact date of the battle 150 years ago.
The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association will sponsor the Civil War events and the City of Newtonia and the Newtonia Community Betterment Association will host its annual fall festival. The Ritchey Mansion will be open for viewing beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and a 5k
walk/run will be held, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 29, starting and ending at the Mansion House.
Funding has been provided, in part, by the State Historical Society of