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Battle of Sand Ridge

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Major Medical Surgeon Grady "Doc" Garton, a Civil War doctor re-enactor, prepares the tools of his trade for another rush of injured and sick Civil War soldiers from the Battle of Sand Ridge, taking place in Sikeston this weekend.
(Scott Welton, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Confederate soldiers of the 10th Tennessee Company B are anticipating their biggest clash with the Yankees here since, well, the Civil War.

This year being Sikeston's sesquicentennial celebration, Rick Justice of Sikeston, organizer of the annual Battle of Sand Ridge, has been working to muster up a record number of re-enactors for this year's battle -- and the timing couldn't be better.

"With the long winter we've had, everybody's been cooped up and there's a lot of cabin fever," Justice said. "We're expecting about 300 to show up."

This is the eighth Civil War re-enactment held on Scott Matthews' land located just south of Sikeston. As an American History teacher for Sikeston schools, Justice said he loves re-enactments as a way of "educating people about the period. The Civil War probably is my most favorite period."

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