Spend Labor Day At Historic Fort D

Aug 28, 2014

Historic Fort D in Cape Girardeau will show the colors of the Civil War on Labor Day as local re-enactors will demonstrate rifle and cannon fire, as well as period music.

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 1st at the historic Fort D site off South Sprigg Street.

Patti House planned the event and said it is not exactly a re-enactment but a living history event.

“We’ll be dressed in our period Civil War clothing and the public will have a chance to visit with the soldiers and the civilians that will be there interpreting for a day,” House said.

The event is the occasion for people to ask about the Civil War, how the cannon and rifles were fired and to get more information about Fort D, which was one of the four forts protecting the city during the Civil War.

A band will play period hammered dulcimer music at 11:00 a.m. for about 30 to 40 minutes.

“Hammered dulcimer music is [when] you use hammers to hit the strings and they will be playing period civil war music,” House added.

House said everyone is welcomed to attend the event which will be free of charge.