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Release Date: February 05, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Fort Washita, in Bryan County, stands guard over the Texas frontier as it has since its establishment in 1842. The entrance to the fort was constructed in the late 1960s, over a century after the raising of the original stone barracks, surgeon’s quarters and other structures. Today, the site is managed by the Chickasaw Nation and is host to family-friendly events throughout the year.

  • A medic assists an injured comrade during the annual World War II reenactment at Fort Washita. The 2018 skirmish is slated to begin 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24.

A reenactment of a battle involving American and Soviet troops joining forces against the Germans in World War II is set for 2. p.m. February 24 at Ft. Washita, 3348 state Highway 199.

The battle simulation will depict a late World War II skirmish sometime after Elbe Day, April 25, 1945, when Soviet and American troops converged at Elbe River essentially cutting the German Army in two.

The reenactment and living history display are part of an annual World War II event hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and open to the public at no charge.

Standard American firearms for the period, such as the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine, will be on display alongside a collection of German and Russian weaponry. As part of the living history display, visitors will also get an up close look into what a military encampment would have looked and felt like.

Multiple historic structures remain on the Fort Washita grounds, including a hospital, surgeon's quarters, and barracks--all constructed with stone.

Fort Washita is near Lake Texoma, 13 miles east of Madill and 12 miles west of Durant on state Highway 199.

For more information, call 580-924-6502.

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