(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
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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