Mill Springs holds ‘Conflict at the Crossroads’

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(Cleburne Times Review) – The land that became Mill Springs battlefield has existed since time immemorial, but the foggy battle that occurred in the winter of 1862 immortalized the land as one of the first important victories in the Civil War for the United States against the Confederacy.

Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum put on “Conflict at the Crossroads” as part of their Living History event, held Saturday. The event was based around the memorial for the battle where guests could read about the event as well as the story of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer whose infamous blunder lead to his death and the overall defeat of his men.

Visitors could wander through campsites and speak to people in character who told visitors their stories about the Civil War.

One event that always gets attendees fired up is the Artillery Demonstration. All the weaponry operates off of black powder going off with loud explosions, and well illustrates the chief drawback of guns and cannons back then: really, really long reload time.

Rangers also gave battlefield tours. They told the story of…

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