25th Annual Frontier Military Days


Frontier Military Days has been celebrated at Fort Stevenson for a quarter of a century and shows no signs of slowing down.
Hannah Davis has the story.
Frontier Military Days began with the bang of a cannon firing over the Missouri River.
“The three inch ordinace rifle, and we know that those were actually at Fort Stevenson, here, because General De Trobriand -who was the first commander of the Fort- wrote it in his journal, which we have now as a book.” said Justin Darnell, Frontier Military Days Visitor.
The tents are set up on the field similar to how the soldiers would have camped during the American Indian Wars.
Reenactors dressed up in period clothing and prepared food the same way people would have in the eighteen hundreds.
“We have period games to play and all those kinds of things going on too for the kids and oh for adults, anybody who wants to take part in it.” said Justin Darnell, Frontier Military Days Visitor.
Visitors had the chance try black-powder rifle shooting.. or to toss tomahawks.
“I got three. I got three of those axes in the wood.” said Justin Darnell, Frontier Military Days Visitor.
Frontier Days provides an opportunity for the people of today to glance into the past and see what life was like for their ancestors.
“Fort Stevenson state park is named after Fort Stevenson, the military fort, but there was never any connection really here, so we felt we really needed to make that connection, that historic connection.” said Dick Messerly, President of Fort Stevenson Foundation.
Thanks to General De Trobriand’s journal and drawings, Frontier Military Days is accurate to how the Fort used to be.
“I think it’s a great, great thing for people to really understand the local history. The local history is so interesting.” said Dick Messerly, President of Fort Stevenson Foundation.
The reenactors are all familiar with the original camp and are eager to answer any questions you might have.
“We saw that they did, like, the military replica, and our son has been pretty adamant about joining the military lately and we thought that this would be a good introduction to it. Yeah, a good time too.” said Libby Darnell, Frontier Military Days Visitor.
Over the last twenty-five years, Frontier Military Days has made it easier to understand the past.
In Fort Stevenson, Hannah Davis, KX News.
The festivities will continue tomorrow afternoon from one until four.

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