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Fort D Civil War reenactment offers glimpse of past

Fort D in Cape Girardeau went back in time on Monday to show spectators what times were like back in the 1800s and during the Civil War. Fort D in Cape Girardeau went back in time on Monday to show spectators what times were like back in the 1800s and during the Civil War.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Gunfire was heavy. Many were killed and even more injured. It's a time no one living remembers but many have learned about. The Civil War. 

Battles took place in many areas in the nation in the 1860s including one in Cape Girardeau. Six Union soldiers lay dead with dozens injured in the Battle of Cape Girardeau. Confederates lost twice as much. 

Fort D in Cape Girardeau went back in time on Monday to show spectators what times were like back in the 1800s and during the Civil War. Many people dressed up in period clothing, played music, fought battles and explained what happened. 

"It's good to know that that happened because it's an important part of our history here," Bruce Domezlicky of Cape Girardeau said. 

Many watched as cannons rang out followed by shots fired in a battle between Union and Confederate soldiers.

Many who attended the re-enactment say there has been an increase in violence across the U.S. lately. Many are fighting with their neighbors, brothers and police. One man says he hopes violence will not continue in this present day to the point of another Civil War. 

"The Civil War was a pretty serious time when our country was kind of broken a part by it. It finally ended and we started the healing process," Domezlicky said. "So this is kind of a reminder of if we can't get along, this is what happens when we fight each other and it turns into wars. Obviously we don't want that repeated."

Domezlicky says the U.S. isn't to that point of another Civil War but hopes the country can stop the violence before it escalates. 

"It is discouraging sometimes to hear how much people want to criticize each other, to criticize the other side of an argument," Domezlicky said. "We need to be a little more civil and try to get along better I think. This is a good reminder that there was a time when it was even worse and we went to war with each other."

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