Lecture to Focus on Women in Civil War Missouri

| December 8, 2012 | 4:30 am
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A lecture this weekend in Saline county will be another installment in the Battle of Marshall’s 150th Anniversary Commemoration Second Saturday series.  Spokesperson Connie Grisier says tomorrow’s presentation will focus on those individuals left at home during the battle.

“Dr. Virginia Laas, from Missouri Southern State University, is coming to deliver a message about women during the civil war.”

The free seminar will be held Saturday December 8, at 1 o’clock in the Wood & Huston Community Room on the north side of the square in Marshall.  Refreshments will be served.

The following press release offers additional details:
Civil War history books and movies tend to focus on blood-soaked battle fields and on the soldiers and officers who clashed so dramatically for four long years. In Missouri, the war often came to the door step and right inside the home. With most men off at the battles, women and children were left to deal with marauding soldiers and guerrillas on each side of the conflict.
 
Virginia Laas, professor emeritus, Missouri Southern State University, will deliver a talk on the subject, “‘No Age of Barbarism can show us such scenes of cruelty and plunder’: Women and Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Wood & Huston Community Room, north side of the square in Marshall.
 
This free lecture will portray how guerrilla warfare dominated the lives of many women. Using county records and provost marshal evidence, this talk examines how women survived the chaos that resulted when undisciplined bands of marauding men roamed their countryside.
 
Light refreshments will be served.

This program is organized by the Marshall Cultural Council and is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and the State Historical Society of Missouri as part of the Show Me Missouri speaker’s bureau.
 
The lecture is part of the Battle of Marshall 150th Anniversary Commemoration Second Saturday series of events designed to provide a rich portrayal of life in Saline County during the Civil War years.
 
The year-long commemoration will feature events every second Saturday until the battle re-enactment Sept. 13-15, 2013.
 
Second Saturday events will include music, photography, storytelling, presentations and lectures and will cover the history of the battle, period clothing, weaponry, food, games, dance and photography.
 
Future events include:

* Saturday, Jan. 12: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery, 467 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall — Weapons of the Civil War, talk and exhibit by Bryan Ivlow and “The Battle of Marshall,” lecture by historian Marvin Wilhite.
 
* Saturday, Feb. 9: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery — “Pennytown and the Lives of African Americans in Saline County,” lecture by historian Virginia Huston; “Temp Murray: A Post-Slavery Success Story,” lecture by historian Marvin Wilhite and storytelling by Gladys Claire Coggswell.
 
* Saturday, March 9: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery — Dawn to Dusk Period Fashion Show, Connie Grisier and Connie Cunningham.
 
* Saturday, April 13: 1 p.m. at Windmill Gallery — Lecture by Arrow Rock Historic Site Administrator Michael Dickey and music and lecture by Missouri fiddle music expert and Prof. Emeritus Howard Marshall.
 
* Saturday, May 11: 10 a.m. at Windmill Gallery — Children’s fair: Period games and activities for kids. Storyteller Joyce Slater.
 
Summer events are still in the planning stages.

The commemoration will culminate Sept. 13-15 with two battle recreations, a parade from the Marshall square to Indian Foothills Park, camp tours, lectures, sutlers, music, a dance, storytellers, period crafts and cannon firings.
 
The battle re-enactment has been granted a “maximum effort” status by the Missouri Civil War Re-enactors’ Association. The 2nd Missouri Infantry is the sponsoring MCWRA unit.
 
On the anniversary of the battle, Oct. 13, 2013, local veterans organizations will host a ceremony to honor the sacrifices and suffering of soldiers and civilians who endured the battle and the strife of the war years.
 
The goal of the project is to bring to life the experiences of people in Marshall and Saline County during the war.

The project has been approved for a $2,275 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.  Organizers are also seeking business and community support in the form of sponsorships, donations, in-kind contributions and volunteers.  The hope to raise $5,000 by July 1, 2013. 
 
Other partners in the project include Marshall Parks and Recreation, the city of Marshall, Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Saline County Historical Society and Saline County.

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