Battle of Okolona re-enactment coming Feb. 22

djournal-chickasaw-countyBy Floyd Ingram

Chickasaw Journal

OKOLONA – The Civil War sweeps through Chickasaw County next week as re-enactors gather at Prairie Mound to dig into history and maybe dig up a little treasure.

Event organizers have been making plans for this re-enactment for more than a year and have gotten the community and the site ready for what they hope will be a large number of Civil War re-enactors. And there is even talk of buried treasure somewhere near the battlefield northeast of Okolona.

“This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Battle of Okolona is one of the first re-enactments on the circuit this year,” said Dona Wise, event spokeswoman. “The battle also took place on Feb. 22, 1864, and we’re marking the 150th anniversary to the date.”

Wise said there will be cannons, cavalry charges, vendors – known as sutlers to re-enactors – food booths and a lot of soldiers dressed in both Confederate and Union clothing.

“Re-enactors love to talk about their gear and the soldier they represent,” Wise said. “These events are great history lesson for young and old. We’ve designed this one to have a little something for everybody.”

The re-enactment site can be found by driving north on Highway 41 out of Okolona and looking for the signs.

Details about the Battle of Okolona re-enactment can be obtained by calling the Okolona Chamber of Commerce at (662) 447-5913.

floyd.ingram@journalinc.com