Camden Point Community Comes Together for Reenactment

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 06/28 2014 07:48PM

Updated 06/28 2014 11:13PM

(CAMDEN POINT, Mo.) You may have heard the phrase, you don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been.  In Camden Point on Saturday this phrase was brought to life at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery as a group of Civil War reenactors brought the battle back to life.  The Battle at Camden Point was 150 years ago but respects are still being paid today.

"I come to these events because I like to honor my ancestors who fought to defend the rights of their states and answered the calls of their governors to, their lawfully elected governors I might add, to defend their states from outside aggression," said Reenactor Tim Borron.

Reenactors weren't just there for the ceremony, they are part of an ongoing effort in service to those who have fallen.

"We like to try to get markers on the graves of confederate veterans if they don't have one," said Borron.

Soldiers that were captured and killed during the war usually weren't given a proper burial.  But out of respect, action is being taken to change this.

"As more research becomes available and records and things are made available and research is done it makes it possible to find some of these guys and bring them to a place where they can be honored for their service," said Borron.

Many Camden Point residents know the history behind the cemetery.  But, people come and go which is all the more reason to keep the history alive.

"That's sort of the goal of what we're doing here is just trying to help people know all these people's stories.  I mean there's a lot of stories here that are worth remembering," said Reenactment Director Matthew Silber.

The Camden Point church has helped maintain the cemetery grounds and don't mind doing so.

"Once you know the stories of these people, you kind of, you want to help.  You want to give something back for everyone who helped to build up what we appreciate today," said Silber.

Today's commemoration was almost 5 years in the making and every helping hand was appreciated.

"It takes everybody and everybody's played an important role in giving back to our community and that's something to be proud of," said Silber.

Saturday's ceremony attracted Civil War enthusiasts from all over.  The reenactors say some drove a long way just to witness this piece of history.

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