Living History Day set for Monticello

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The 9th Arkansas Infantry “Parson’s Regiment” and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #652 will present a Living History Day at the Market in the Park in Monticello Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The units will set up camp on the lawn across from the farmer’s market. Admission is free. Come see the different styles of military tents and how soldiers lived in the 1860s. Exhibitors and enactors will be in historically accurate uniforms. Several activities and exhibits are planned.

· Experts Doyle Taylor and Dyan Bohnert will talk about Civil War Medicines and surgical equipment as well as medical advances in the 1860s.
· Drew County’s 9th Arkansas Infantry will demonstrate Hardee’s Tactics used widely by troops on both sides in the Trans-Mississippi.
· Experts Steve Frizzell and Bryan Abney will exhibit different types of artillery used in the War in the Western Theatre.
· The Southeast Arkansas TEA Party will host a model of the HL Hunley so that the conditions of submarine warfare can be experienced.

The 9th Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers, was organized at Pine Bluff, around July 20, 1861 with 10 companies from southeast Arkansas. The “Parsons Regiment” received its nickname because more than 40 ministers from various Protestant denominations served in the ranks. Dr. James Willis of Monticello wrote a regimental history of the 9th Arkansas and Reynolds’ Brigade, Arkansas Confederates in the Western Theater.

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