Experience The First Major Land Battle In The Civil War

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Reenactors will camp at Kendrick Place just outside of Carthage. There will be many activities, including a battle re-enactment.

Welcome! Battle of Carthage, Inc. is a Missouri non-profit corporation which conducts reenactments of the Battle of Carthage, Missouri, the first major land battle of the American Civil War. We commemorate the bravery of the men and women who served in the War Between the States. The past is the guidepost to the present.

Battle of Carthage

The above photo depicts the Frontier Brigade (US) practicing the Napoleonic infantry square tactic. On May 3, 2003, for the first time, Col Franz Sigel’s use of this tactic in 1861 was replicated by reenactors, including the successful infantry bayonet charge against the Missouri State Guard cavalry.

We hope you enjoy these pages. Above you will see links to the Official Records (the actual reports of the officers from the 1861 battle), a Battle Map to help you understand the battle, and a series of pages about the reenactments held in May, 2000 and 2003, including after action reports by our reenactor officers, and stirring photos.

Monument, Courthouse Square, Carthage, Missouri

Monument, Courthouse Square, Carthage, Missouri