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Fort Scott prepares for annual Civil War Encampment

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It's history in the re-making.

As many in Fort Scott prepped for the Civil War Encampment, an annual event that sheds lights on the sights and sounds of America's past, and the prominence of the 4-state city. 

"To focus on Fort Scott's role in the opening of the west, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War," said Galen Ewing, park ranger.

The grounds were organized for dancing, battle re-enactments, and other activities for the history enthusiast. 

And it is not just Kansas residents that come to this annual event, but people from all over. According to Lindsay Madison, many do not realize the role Kansas played in the shaping of this country. 

"You truly feel in Fort Scott, with the fort ground and our historic buildings and our historic mansions that we have here and just the whole atmosphere, you feel like you've stepped back in time," said Madison.

 For some of the volunteers, the event is a way of life. A mix of teachers, historians, cattle ranchers and more, many suspend the present for these events, choosing to sleep in the old soldiers quarters for the weekend. And they do it for one reason only. 

"To teach people about the Civil War and how the soldiers lived," said Mike Bluehawk Adams. "That's why we're set up here in the barracks in the tents outside. We're here to teach people about the way it was."

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