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A Long March

Piece of Civil War History Finally Goes Home

Posted: March 12, 2014 at 6 a.m.

COURTESY PHOTO The regimental flag of the Sixth Regiment of the Missouri Union Cavalry — dating to the 1860s — will be returned to the state of Missouri during a ceremony March 20 at the Pea Ridge National Military Park. The unit fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge.

Regimental flags were a source of pride for units fighting in the various battles of the Civil War, explained Troy Banzhaf, park interpreter at Pea Ridge National Military Park. The units carried the flags into battle, where the flags also provided points of reference, locations of their units, for soldiers in the heat of the conflict.

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The Pea Ridge National Military Park marks the 152nd anniversary of the Civil War battle fought on the site March 7-8, 1862. Saturday’s commemoration includes musket and artillery demonstrations. The Union victory sealed control of the state of Missouri.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pea Ridge National Military Park, 15930 E. U.S. 62 in Garfield

Information: 451-8122

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