Topeka Re-Enactments Turn Back Time To Civil War

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The clock will be turned back more than 140 years this weekend in Topeka.

The Kansas National Guard Museum will be hosting Civil War Day on Saturday. The event is designed to spotlight the life and struggles of solders who fought in the Civil War.

It will include re-enactments, encampments, demonstrations and discussions about military history, including the Battle of Mine Creek in eastern Kansas. The 8th Kansas Infantry and the 2nd Colorado Cavalry will be among the featured units.

Kansas joined the Union in January 1861 as the 34th state, entering as a free state after years of struggle between abolitionists and pro-slaverly supporters. In April of that year, Southern states seceded from the Union.