This Memorial Day weekend, join the Turner Brigade for the fifth celebration of Fort D Days on May 25-27, including reenactments and commemoration of the Battle of Cape Girardeau.
The event is supported by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, Civil War Roundtable of Cape Girardeau, the Turner Brigade, several local businesses and individuals.
On Saturday, time periods from the 18th – 20th centuries will be represented. An attack on the Fort will occur during the day. Like the Battle of Cape Girardeau, this will be a long-range skirmish and artillery duel. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. The living history will continue on Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic downtown Cape, including Civil War sites such as the Common Pleas Courthouse, St. Vincent’s Seminary, and Port Cape Girardeau (perhaps Grant’s HQ), plus antique stores and excellent restaurants, is about one mile away from Fort D.
First observed after the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day honors the memory of U. S. soldiers who have died in military service.