History comes to life at the 20th Annual Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment on Feb 17-19, 2017 in Yale, OK. The Winter Encampment and Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment recreates a winter encampment of the Civil War era. This event takes place over three days, with living history Union and Confederate soldiers setting up opposing camps on Friday.
Friday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Adult $5, Children 10 and younger Free
First Assembly of God, 777 Glory Rd, Yale, OK 74085
Off State Highway 51 in the middle of Yale, Oklahoma at the First Assembly of God Church grounds. The camps are located north of the Assembly of God Church in Yale, State Highway 51 about a half mile west of Main Street. Access is from the church entrance.
Friday Noon to 4pm – School Days – Free
Teachers bring your class for living history. Hundreds of students from dozens of schools will get a little bit of Civil War history on Friday. School children will see how field hospitals treated battle wounds in the Civil War where more soldiers died from disease than wounds. They will see cannons and muskets, and learn the difference between cavalry sabers and soldier swords. They will see how teenagers 150 years ago dressed.
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm – Battle Reenactments
Hear the blast of cannons and smell the smoke of musketry when the Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment begin at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday with horse-mounted soldiers joining the infantry in battle, along with staged hand-to-hand combat. The battle area is a natural amphitheater a few minutes walk from the camp that will allow visitors to watch the fighting and feel like a part of the action. Visitors are invited to witness as Confederate and Union soldiers slowly advance towards each other on the battlefield. You will see the soldiers of both sides as they prepare to fire cannons, and watch the battle as smoke fills the air from the muskets and cannons. Visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets for extra seating.
Saturday: 7 pm – Civil War Grand Ball
Recall the romance of the Civil War at a Reenactment Ball in the Yale old high school gym Saturday night. Everyone is encouraged to dress in period attire, but everyone is welcome regardless of dress with plenty of seating for those who just want to watch. Dancers will swirl around the dance floor as band plays music appropriate to the period.
Civil War Era Military and Civilian Sutlers
Vendors in period dress will set up tents and sell their wares on church grounds to both participants and visitors from 10 am to 3 pm Friday and 9 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Reenactors will find clothing and gear to enhance their “persona”; visitors can purchase items as reminders of the sights and sounds of the Battle of Round Mountain Reenactment. Food vendors offer food from the era for those whose appetites reject hard tack and salt mule. There will be several modern food vendors, too.
In addition to the Winter Encampment, the Jim Thorpe Memorial Foundation will also hold a month-long quilt show throughout February. Those who wish to participate may bring a quilt to the nearby Jim Thorpe Home for display. The public will vote and prizes will be awarded.
About The Battle of Round Mountain
The Battle of Round Mountain is listed as the first battle fought in Indian Territory during the Civil War. This historic battle fought in Payne County saw approximately 1,400 Confederate soldiers under the command of Colonel Douglas H. Cooper pursue roughly 9,000 Unionist civilians led by Opothleyahola, a famous Upper Creek leader. These civilians were attempting to avoid an alliance with the Confederacy and ultimately chose to flee to the protection of Union forces in Kansas. Colonel Cooper set out on November 19, 1861 in an attempt to coerce Opothleyahola into submission. Each February, the town of Yale comes alive with the Battle of Round Mountain Re-enactment.
Suttlers: 918-519-7071 or 405-455-2248
School Days: 918-855-2438