Humboldt retells war stories

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June 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — War returned to Southeast Kansas this weekend as Humboldt celebrated its annual Civil War Days. With a history that featured the town of Humboldt burned twice by Missouri pro-slave raiders, the spirit of the conflict is still alive and strong today.

Friday night festivities started with a dance and social event at Humboldt Elementary Charter School. More than 50 from around the area attended in Civil War-era dress. Dress ranged from women’s formal ball gowns to men attired in a variety of military wear from both sides of the conflict. Even though the dance hall became warmer as the evening wore on, the attendees still managed a festive mood while Richard Thomas, dance caller, taught steps to the crowd. The Camp Hunter String Band provided music. The quartet played through a list of Civil War-era tunes that featured familiar songs such as, “Dixie.”

“It was a lot of fun,” said Nathaniel Day, Humboldt resident. “I thought the Virginia reel was a lot of fun to learn.”

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