Those who attended were also treated to a taste of life back then, such as outdoor cooking, working with furs and hides, rope making and more. The Missouri Parks Association and the Bates County Museum would like to thank everyone who attended; the next such event will be coming in three years or so.
In full costume, Kimberly Pedigo schools a young man on the finer points of cooking outdoors during the Civil War as part of the event held at the Battle of Island Mound site last Saturday. Typical fixins included beans with whatever meat available thrown in, along with a basic biscuit called Hardtack, which is made of flour, water and sometimes salt added. While not especially tasty, the biscuit has a long shelf life and works well as a basic food. While amused, the young man wasn’t real sure about making it a regular part of his diet.