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Battle of Round Mountain Re-enactment
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.
The Battle of Round Mountain Re-enactment recreates a winter encampment of the Civil War era. This event takes place over three days, with living history soldiers setting up opposing camps on Friday. Vendors in period dress will also be present to set up tents and sell their wares. The battle itself begins Saturday afternoon, as visitors are invited to witness as Confederate and Union soldiers slowly advance towards each other on the field of battle. View the soldiers as they prepare to fire cannons, and watch the battle as smoke from guns and cannons fills the air.
History is brought to life at the Battle of Round Mountain. In addition, this re-enactment event showcases a Civil War era ball on Saturday. Costumed attendees will swirl around the dance floor as traditional fiddle music is performed on stage. On Sunday, a period church service will be held at 10am.