Enlist in history as the “6th U.S. Infantry” comes to life Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 18 at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.
Colorado-based living historians with the 6th U.S. Infantry will be on site at the NHTIC, re-enacting an authentic 1860s field encampment on the grounds. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with soldiers in period clothing and learn about the life of an infantryman stationed on the western plains during the Civil War.
The 1860s was a decade of rising tension on the plains, particularly along the historic trails. The Sand Creek Massacre in southern Colorado allied the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho, culminating in several decisive engagements against the U.S. military. Government commissioners sought peace through treaties at Fort Laramie. However, tensions remained high for years to come.
The living historians will be on duty Saturday, June 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to midday. The weekend event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Shawn Wade at 307-261-7790.
The NHTIC is a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, which are areas specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.
The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyoming.