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Taste of history

Monday, March 12, 2012

Becky LeBarre serves soldiers at last weekend's "Siege of New Madrid."
(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
Even in kitchen, re-enactors efforts to accurately recreate the past often center on smallest details


NEW MADRID -- Steve LaBarre has been a Union officer and fought for the Confederacy. He has been a Civil War sutler and a civilian. But the job that had him sweating at the re-enactment of the siege of New Madrid was cook.

The Manteno, Ill., native along with his wife, Becky, and mother, Michelle, were in charge of the meals for the 35 soldiers camped in tents next to the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. And, they were serving food which would not only keep the re-enactors full but would also reflect those meals served to soldiers in 1861 when family-legend has it that Gen. John Polk and his soldiers turned the antebellum home into military headquarters.

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