LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Many of us may have seen a glimpse of what war was like. For most of us, it has been by watching movies. But every year, you can see an up-close reenactment of a war battle at the Historic Arkansas Museum. This year, they featured the battle of the Arkansas Post during the Revolutionary War.
War reenactment actor, William Hardage, said Arkansas didn't have a lot of involvement during the Revolutionary War but there were some battles in Arkansas. He says the reenactment is a chance to see history come alive and remember how far we have come.
“It’s important for people to remember where we came from, who we are, and where we’re going,” said Hardage, “our past does influence our future.”
Hardage has been reenacting wars for over 20 years and sees them as a way to educate both kids and adults about how the United States came to be. He hopes our history won't be forgotten, especially on Independence Day.
“It’s okay to have fun and celebrate, but realize there was a war going on during this time where we were literally fighting to see who we were going to become,” said Hardage.
27-year-old Arthur Eschenberg is the youngest member of the reenactment team. He told THV11 he knows war personally because he served in the United States military and comes from a family of veterans.
“I’ve performed for around 250,000 people, if not more,” said Eschenberg.
He feels it’s his duty to pass on knowledge and experience to the next generation. He hopes with better knowledge and understanding, his own generation will be a force for positive change in the future.
“I think it’s up to the people of my generation to knuckle down, get with the program, stop complaining and start fixing,” Eschenberg said happily.
For more information about the reenactment team that performed this year at the Historic Arkansas Museum, visit His Majesty’s 16th Regiment of Foote.
You can also visit the Historic Arkansas Museum Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.