March 31st Event at the Polk Site Shows Mexican American War Militia Muster

A Mexican American War Militia Muster will be held at the James K. Polk site March 31. This program illustrates the life of a common citizen who has been called into service due the 1846 conflict with Mexico. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, visitors will see period costumed interpreters demonstrating military drills and practices, camp life, and even rifle firing. There will be living history vignettes featuring the roles that women would have played in supporting the military, such as spinning and weaving, soap making, and cooking.

Other highlights of the free event will include a lecture entitled “Mexican War Soldiers turned Civil War Generals”, given by Doctor Christopher D. Rounds, professor of American history at Allen University. His presentation will be given at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The site is located approximately 2.5 miles south of Pineville off exit 65 B, I-485, at 12031 Lancaster Highway in Pineville, N.C. For further information on the Polk birthday program or the site, call (704) 889-7145, e-mail or check out the website President James K. Polk State Historic Site is an agency of the Division of State Historic Sites, which is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of North Carolina’s arts, history, and culture. For more information, visit