The Sixth Infantry Regimental Association has been are part of the culture at Fort Buford State Historic Site since their inception in the early 1960s. The group is once again returning to the Fort as part of the annual Encampment, showing visitors a slice of life in the 1800s.

An annual staple at the historic site, the Fort Buford Encampment brings in visitors from all over the country to observe how soldiers may have lived at the fort in the 1870s. The Infantry’s re-enactors spend the weekend living the life of soldiers at the Fort, complete with period costumes, weapons and military drills.

The Encampment is free and open to the public, and runs Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the site, with activities happening throughout the day for visitors to enjoy. The Infantry will give tours of the site, sharing information about its significance and how it fit into the history of the area. Reenactors will begin the day with the ceremonial raising of the American flag, which is in itself historically accurate and was created by Sixth Infantry President Ben Gjorven.

The Infantry will be demonstrating a number military and rifle drills during the day, with the always popular cannon drill and firing demonstration taking place at 2 p.m. by former site supervisor Steve Reidburn.

The encampment will also give visitors the chance to learn about life without the modern conveniences many take for granted today, like telephones and washing machines. Re-enactors portraying laundresses will be demonstrating how clothes were washed at the turn of the century, and visitors will be able to send messages to each other the old-fashioned way, via telegraph from one builind on site to another, demonstrating how communication was achieved during the period.

Assistant Site Supervisor Debbie Crossland said the event will also serve as a recruitment opportunity for the Sixth Infantry, who are always on the lookout for new members to join the organization. For more information on the Encampment or anyone interested in the Sixth Infantry can contact Fort Buford for more details at 701-572-9034.

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