On Sunday, Sam took me to a Civil War re-enactment! I've wanted to see a war re-enactment since the first time I saw the movie Sweet Home Alabama so I knew I had to make it happen when I found out about one less than 30 minutes from our house. It didn't take too much convincing to get Sam to go since he is a history fan. In fact, he researched the battle we would be watching. Turns out, historians are unsure where the actual location of this fight was, but they know it was in the Yale/Keystone Lake area on November 19, 1861. At this battle, the Texas Division of the South defeated the Seminole and Creek tribes (two of the few tribes that sided with the North). Although the re-enactment was not completely historically accurate, the actors did a good job portraying the general idea. Here are some pictures and captions from the version of the battle that we witnessed.
After the Civil War re-enactment, we decided to continue our historical day by stopping at the town of Ingalls, Southeast of Stillwater. This is where the fight between United States Marshals and the Doolin-Dalton gang happened on September 1, 1891. This monument and a fabricated "old" town (which we assume is used for re-enactments) are the only evidence that this gunfight occurred there.
And there you have it, our little journey through Oklahoma history. Who said this blog wasn't educational?!
If you are interested in reading more about either of these historical event, here are a couple of links:
Battle of Round Mountain
US Marshal gunfight with the Doolin-Dalton gang