One of the attractions of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair was a reenactment of the pivotal battles of Colenso and Paardeberg. Billed as “the greatest and most realistic military spectacle known in the history of the world,” the performance involved over 600 veterans, including Generals Piet Cronje and Ben Viljoen commanding the Boer contingent, and Major W.A.R.S. Stewart of the Third Hussars commanding the British. Conceived by Major Charles Joseph Ross and chartered under the direction of Frank E. Fillis, the touring show promised reenactors an opportunity “to earn a living after a protracted war of attrition.”
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Frank E. Fillis : “Official Program – Anglo-Boer War – Historical Libretto” (1904)
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