Ozark Muster 2003


Pre-MUSTER activities

Monday & Tuesday, June 16th - 17th (the Land of Lincoln adventure)
Those traveling to Springfield, Illinois before muster have 2 days worth of Lincoln related sight-seeing with MAP in store. 

Thursday, June 19th
(the Bleeding Kansas foray)

Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site

1:00 PM - Assemble outside the Mine Creek Visitor's Center. 

COST - Adults - $3.00  Children - $2.00

*Some of us plan to meet earlier at Ft. Scott for lunch and then carpool the additional 30 miles north to Mine Creek afterwards.  

Mound City

After the battle at Mine Creek the wounded were cared for in Mound City. A local historian will talk with us about James Montgomery, Jayhawkers, and the aftermath in Linn County of Sterling Price's raid into Missouri.

Ft. Scott National Historic Site

3:00 PM - NPS ranger, Rosemary Frey will serve as guide at the "Crack Post of the Frontier" telling us about the fort's roll along the Permanent Indian Frontier and emphasizing the activities occurring there during Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War years.

COST - $3.00 per adult (age 17 and above)  Golden Age, Golden Access, and Golden Eagle Passports are honored.

National Cemetery No. 1 

somewhere around 5:15 PM - We'll have a short stop at one of the 12 original sites designated by Abraham Lincoln as a National Cemetery.

6:00 PM (or "6-ish" anyway) ~Dinner~ - Join us for a casual meal at the Jones abode.    SEK Fried Chicken and Uncle Cal's BBQ ribs are on the menu.   COST - for those registered for the CW, nada, nothing... 

Friday, June 20th - Newtonia, Wilson's Creek & Carthage (the SW Missouri trek)

7:15 AM - Depart Holiday Inn headed for Newtonia  *note the change in time!  Be assembled and ready to LEAVE at this time.  Due to road construction we've had to adjust the schedule.

 8:00 AM - Meet with members of the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association for a tour of the battle site and of the Ritchey Mansion (as well as coffee, donuts and juice on them!).

         AM - Visit General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History which is located just outside of the entrance to Wilson's Creek.  In 40+ years Tom Sweeney (yes, I spelled that correctly) has assembled a massive collection composed primarily of artifacts and weapons of the war in the Trans-Mississippi.  

COST - Adults - $3.50    Children -  $2.50 (Age 5-11)   Seniors -  $3.00

~LUNCH~ - On your own in Republic, MO...but our group is quite good about sticking together, so don't plan to be "on your own".    Republic has a Dairy Queen, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a few other fast food places.   We'll have a pre-assigned time to meet back at General Sweeny's.

COST - depends upon your choice that day...

        PM - Tour Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park at Republic, MO

COST - Admission fee to the park is $3.00 per person, $5.00 per vehicle. Children 16 and under, free. Golden Age, Golden Eagle, National Parks Pass and Access Passports honored.

We're hoping to have enough time between WC and the Carthage leg of the trip for folks to head back to the hotel in Joplin to freshen up a bit.  May happen.  May not.  Looks unlikely at present.  5/18  They'll love us at Carthage even if we don't get the chance to freshen up. 

            PM - Visit the Carthage Civil War Museum (home to the 7' x 15' mural of the Battle of Carthage) after which we'll make a stop at the site of the battle.

COST - FREE Admission, but donations are accepted

         6:30 PM - ~Dinner~ Take a step back in time to enjoy dinner in Carthage at the Kendrick House.  Before dinner, we'll be given a guided tour of this historic Federal style home.  Our home cooked meal will consist of Mandarin Orange tossed salad, BBQ brisket and pulled pork, cheese potatoes, green beans (simmered all day in bacon like Grandma used to make) served with a hot roll and choice of beverage.  You'll want to be sure to save room for their baked fudge with ice cream as dessert.  Unlimited wine service will be available.  If you desire beer, you are free to bring your own and it will be served to you by the volunteer staff.  A hammer dulcimer player will provide background dinner music.  Following dinner noted Trans-Mississippi CW artist, Andy Thomas will speak with us about local history and his collection of CW Art.  Dress is casual; battlefield touring attire is fine.

COST$20 per person for all activities above including tax and gratuity


Saturday, June 21st - Pea Ridge & Prairie Grove (the NW Arkansas sojourn)

7:30 AM - Depart Holiday Inn headed for Pea Ridge.  The trip to PR should take just over an hour.

        AM - Tour Pea Ridge National Military Park  

COST - Admission fee to the park is $3.00 per person, $5.00 per vehicle. Children 16 and under, free. Golden Age, Golden Eagle, National Parks Pass and Access Passports honored.

~LUNCH at Prairie Grove~ -  Just before we enter the gates of the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park we'll pass a small restaurant that comes highly recommended by the staff at Prairie Grove.  Yellow Submarine is putting together a sandwich combo just for our group.  We'll take orders prior to Saturday AM.  Look at what owner, Paul Schlesinger is offering us for $5.50 (okay, the REAL cost is $5.49 but it's a HECK of a lot easier to collect $5.50...give us a break here! ).    The *plan* is to eat in the picnic area at the battlefield park.  But if extreme heat or the "r" word make that a problem, we'll eat at YS.  

We'll have one of the following sandwiches plus chips, pickle, drink and Chocolate Chunk cookies baked by Paul and staff:

Muster #1 - Hoagies Hero - Ham, Salami, Pepperoni and Cheese
Muster #2 - Officer's Club - Ham, Turkey, Bacon and Cheese
Muster #3 - Torpedoes Away - Roast Beef, Bacon and Cheese

BREAD - Wheat Hoagie, White Hoagie, Marble Rye, Wheat or Sourdough
CHEESE - American, Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack
VEGGIES - Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Green Peppers, Banana Peppers, Olives, Cucumbers
DRESSING - Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ranch, Spicy Mustard, Italian, 1000 Island, Honey Mustard, Vinegar & Oil
DRINKS - Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Bottled Water

        PM -  Visit Prairie Grove State Battlefield Park  Prairie Grove Museum guide, Alan Thompson, will speak with us about this Arkansas conflict and show us the sights of the battlefield park.

COST - $2.25 + tax for admission to museum and tour

~"MUSTERING OUT"~ - TIME TBA depending on when we return from the battlefields.  We're hoping to begin the Book Exchange around 6 PM with a goal of dinner at 7 PM

We'll gather in a banquet room at the John Q. Hammons Holiday Inn for our final night of muster festivities.  There are many activities scheduled for the evening that you will not want to miss beginning with the Book Exchange.

The dinner following will consist of 4 entree selections:
*Marinated Pork Loin served with roasted garlic and Shiitake mushrooms demi
*Braised Breast of Chicken with smoked Provolone and olive tapernade
*Breast of Chicken Forestiere with wine, tomato and mushroom sauce
*Roasted Beef
All entrees served with your choice of salad, Chef's choice of vegetable and starch, rolls, choice of dessert, and coffee or iced tea.  There will be no bar in our dining area this year.

After dinner you're in for a special treat!  For your enjoyment, we're pleased to offer you a musical performance by Cathy Barton and Dave Para.  Along with Bob Dyer, Cathy and Dave have researched and produced the only compilation of music specifically on the Civil War in the West.  Many would agree that just reading the booklets of extensive historical notes from their two collections, Johnny Whistletrigger and Rebel in the Woods  as well as the lyrics, provides quite an education on the Civil War in the Ozarks, especially of Missouri!  Their performance will consist of selections from their Civil War recordings.

Finally the evening would not be complete without carrying on some traditions that have become a part of the "Mustering Out" event in the past.

COST - $35 per person for all activities above including tax and gratuity.

Sunday, June 22nd - Plans may be made for more informal touring.  It's hard to head back home after one of these gatherings.  Certainly many musterers will plan to have a nice LATE breakfast together as is customary.  Yes, there IS a Steak 'n Shake within eyeshot of JQH! 

We hope you'll finding this evolving itinerary to your liking.  This is a "rain or shine" event.
Pray for "shine"!

  "Ride With the Devils...AGAIN!".

We just can't spell out a successful

MUSTER without U included!!

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