The 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Newtonia will be commemorated Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the small Civil War community of Newtonia. This is the same date as the actual battle, which was the second important battle fought at Newtonia, in eastern Newton County.
The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association will host the commemoration which features an open house from 4 to 5:45 p.m. at the 1852 Ritchey Mansion where the host group will serve light refreshments. Visitors can view the mansion, the Matthew Ritchey original bedroom suite and the Doug Hall mural.
At 6 p.m., a program will be held at the Newtonia Community Center, located across the street from the mansion in Newtonia.
Lee Ann and Jack Sours, playing harmonica and guitar, will open the program with a Civil War tune "Going Across the Mountain."
Connie Slaughter Langham, ranger at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, will give the commemorative address. Langham is a native of Newton County and did her major college paper on Gen. Sterling Price's raid through Missouri. This famous raid was a disaster and ended with the Second Battle of Newtonia in 1864. From that point on, the Civil War was over in Missouri, and actually was over in all places west of the Mississippi River.
The program will conclude with another Civil War tune performed by the Sours.
The public is cordially invited to attend both the open house and the official program.