Candlelight hospital tours tomorrow evening at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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MO DNR, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The stories of Civil War battles can be found not only on the battlefields but also in the hospitals where wounded soldiers fought for their lives.

This aspect of the Civil War will be featured March 10 with hospital tours at the Oliver Anderson House at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington. The tours, sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Friends of the Anderson House and the Missouri Medical Brigade, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. and are open to the public.

The Anderson House served as a hospital for Federal troops during the 1861 Battle of Lexington. On March 10, the public will be able to imagine what life was like once the wounded were taken off the battlefield and to a make-shift field hospital such as the Anderson House. The candlelight tours will feature re-created scenes of doctors doing various surgeries, priests giving last rites, and women tending to the wounded.

The candlelight tours from 4 to 9 p.m. will depart from the visitor center every 30 minutes. The cost for tours is $5 for adults 13 and above and $2 for children between 12 and five. There is no fee for children under five.  

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located at 1101 Deleware St. in Lexington. For more information about the tours, call the site at 660-259-4654. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.