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Civil War reenactment keeps history alive

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The Battle of Middle Boggy was reenacted at Fort Washita in Durant. (KTEN) The Battle of Middle Boggy was reenacted at Fort Washita in Durant. (KTEN)
Gunfire is traded between actors portraying Union and Confederate soldiers. (KTEN) Gunfire is traded between actors portraying Union and Confederate soldiers. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. --  A 1864 Civil War Era battle between Confederate and Union Soldiers was re-enacted at Fort Washita in Durant Sunday in an effort to keep history alive for younger generations. 

"We run this cannon," said Nick Wallace who portrays an artillery men in the re-enactment. "It's a three inch ordinance rifle," he said. 

The three inch ordinance rifle was just one of the many realistic weapons used to re-enact The Battle of Middle Boggy at Fort Washita on Sunday. 

"Artillery generally opens up these re-enactments by starting with an artillery barrage," said Nineteenth Volunteer Infantry member, Ralph Falconer. 

After the first shots were fired, the replica battle between Union and Confederate soldiers began. 

"You have skirmishers go out, which are generally Calvary or ride infantry, " said Falconer.  "Then you follow up with the line infantry," he said. 

Acting out historic events have become a hobby for many of the volunteer soldiers, but its also a way to teach the younger generations the importance of our country's history. 

"A lot of the young guys, it comes up in the families and they start carrying muskets." said Brigadier for Battalions, Richard Hunt. " Sometimes they come with their dads or grandpas," he said. 

Volunteers say the actual battle took place in 1864 and lasted around thirty minutes, somewhere between Atoka and Ada, but the location is unknown. 

While the acting only lasts a short period of time, Falconer says the goal is to leave an impact on younger generations. 

"There are several stories that need to be told." he said. "We're just trying to keep them alive." 

The Battle of Middle Boggy will be re-enacted again in 2020. 

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