This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Kirksville. In commemoration, plans have been announced for a weekend celebration August 3rd -5th, at Rotary Park in Kirksville. The Battle of Kirksville took place August 6th-9th, 1862 in Adair County. Confederate troops had hidden themselves near Kirksville but were defeated when Yankee troops took over the town. The battle helped secure the Union’s influence in northeastern Missouri.