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November 28, 2012

Jasper County Commission OKs plans for historic site

Planning and fundraising will start for development of a Civil War-era farmstead north of Joplin after members of the Jasper County Commission endorsed the project on Wednesday.

The site at the corner of Peace Church and Fountain Road was purchased by the county using donated funds three years ago. A committee has been working since then on planning for an historic site on the Radar Farm property, where were a regiment of black soldiers was ambushed and killed by Confederate guerillas. Members outlined the proposal in a meeting with Darieus Adams and Jim Honey, associate county commissioners.

“The whole idea is to show the history there and to tie it into other Civil War sites in the region,” said Bob Harrington, a member of the committee working on the project.

Planners hope the property eventually can include a Civil War era farmhouse and other buildings. They hope some sort of memorial can be in place by next May 16, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the ambush at Rader’s Farm.

 

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