Come ‘Thunder Along Mine Creek’

“Thunder Along Mine Creek” will be the program at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. summer meeting of the Allen County Historical Society in Frederick Funston Meeting Hall, 207 N. Jefferson Ave.
On Oct. 25, 1864, the thunder of cannon fire echoed across the Kansas prairie near Mine Creek 3 miles southwest of Pleasanton. This brief artillery barrage was the prelude to the Battle of Mine Creek, the largest Civil War battle in Kansas and the second largest cavalry battle during the Civil War.
To understand the battle of Mine Creek one must be aware of why the battle occurred and what happened to the participating armies afterward.
The man who will explain these points and provide a description of the battle, including tragic and humorous anecdotes, will be Arnold W. Schofield.
Schofield was raised in Newton Upper Falls, Mass., and served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1966. He attended college on the G.I. Bill and is superintendent of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre and Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Sites in Linn County.
Before joining the Kansas State Historical Society in 2005, he retired from 43 years of federal service, 10 years with the Department of Defense and 33 years with the National Park Service. For 25 years he was the historian and cultural resource specialist at Fort Scott National Historic site. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and a public speaker on Kansas history and the Civil War.
Schofield has been actively involved in Civil War Battlefield Preservation for more than 30 years and is one of the founders of the Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation, Inc., established in 1999 to assist Kansas in the preservation and interpretation of Mine Creek Battlefield. To date the foundation has raised more than $1 million, purchased 326 acres of battlefield land, printed a brochure, reprinted the only book available on the Battle of Mine Creek and assisted Bill Kurtis in the production of “Mine Creek: The Lost Battle of the Civil War,” a History Channel presentation in November 2004.
The meeting is open to the public.