Bill and Sandra Wayne have been involved in Civil War reenacting since 1986, but their interest in the era goes back much further.
Their home, formerly Cedarcroft Farm Bed & Breakfast, was built by Sandra's great-grandfather, John A. Adams, shortly after his return from service with the 7th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, a union regiment.
Bill's great-grandfather, William L. Truman, settled in Louisiana after the war - he served with Wade's 1st Missouri Battery (CS) throughout the South.
The farm's parlor displays some of John Adams' war mementos; Bill uses W.L. Truman's war memoir to support first person impressions.
Cedarcroft's book collection contains many pre-war and early post-war volumes.
William L. Truman's War Memoir is available on line. For permissions, contact the Missouri State Historical Society
A bibliography of suggested reading about the Missouri Confederate Brigade and the war in Missouri.
Links to Missouri Organizations and information
Other Area Reenacting Units
Missouri Civil War Battlefield Links
Note: Unit websites have a tendency to appear and disappear as unit membership changes. The most current list is probably at the MCWRA website.
Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association (MCWRA): Major organization involving dozens of units from several states and representing all branches on both sides. They sponsor events throughout the upper Trans-Mississippi theater.
Their website has links to many unit webpages. The 2017 regional schedule of events is now available.
- Transmissippi Brigade is a blanket field organization for confederate reenactors throughout the Trans-Mississippi theater. The website (transmsbrigade.com) appears to have been abandoned.
- 1st Missouri Battalion is the command group for Missouri-based Confederate infantry units.
- 3rd Missouri Infantry, Co. I is a Kansas City based unit that Bill belonged to with from 1987 thru 1989 and 2017-8.
Other Key Missouri Civil War Sites
Battle of Carthage State Historic Site, July 5, 1861
Battle of Athens State Historic Site, August 5, 1861
Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861
Battle of Lexington, or Battle of the Hemp Bales -September 12-20, 1861, siege at Lexington, MO
Battle of Belmont, November 7, 1861. First battle under Grant's command.
- Battle of Lone Jack in eastern Jackson County, August 15-16, 1862.
Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site, October 29 1862 - first significant action involving USCT.
Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, September 27, 1864.
Battle of Centralia (aka Centralia Massacre), September 27, 1864
Other Important Civil War Links
- American Battlefield Trust formerly called Civil War Trust - The prime organization for battlefield preservation.
- The Camp Chase Gazette This magazine is the bible of Civil War reenacting with interesting articles, nationwide event schedules and even humor!
Sons of Confederate Veterans: The SCV is an organization of male descendants of Confederate soldiers. It supports the heritage and symbols of the South while condemning the use of those symbols by hate groups. The Missouri Division, SCV has a page, as well.
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War: The SUV is an organization of male descendants of Union soldiers.
Civil War Net is Michael Frosch's essay at creating "a Civil War site that is easy
to navigate and is not filled with unnecessary information."
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