For all Missouri history buffs, The Battle of Lexington State Historic site will host a re-enactment of the attempted capture and killing of infamous Missouri guerilla and outlaw Archie Clements on June 23.

The live-action performance will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at 1015 Franklin Avenue and ends at the Lafayette County Courthouse.

A synopsis from Lexington describes the actual event as, "On Dec. 13, 1866, Archibald “Archie” Clements was ambushed by state militia at a hotel in Lexington. The battle moved into the streets as Clements attempted to escape. Known as “Scalping Archie,” Clements suffered 34 bullet wounds during the desperate fight. He died trying to fire his last bullets. His last words are quoted as, “I’ve done what I’ve always said I would do…die before I surrender.”

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located 1101 Delaware Street, in Lexington, MO. For more information, call 660-259-4654 or visit

The event is sponsored by the Lexington Tourism Commission, Elliot Scouts, Big Muddy Ice Cream Company, and Missouri State Parks.


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