Jersey County Victorian
Civil War Era Reenactments
Labor Day Weekend
UNFORTUNATELY THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED
Visit a Civil War Encampment
Civil War Battle
The Civil War battle reenactment begins daily at 2:30
the most popular attraction at the Festival is the daily afternoon
over a quarter of a million men from Illinois were involved in the Civil
War, no military battles were fought in the state and the battle at the
Festival will actually be a tactical demonstration between groups
representing Union and Confederate forces. Spectators will be able to
witness infantry and cavalry charges, authentic cannons booming, and the
medical corps attending the wounded during the demonstration.
Civil War Undertaker
Civil War embalming surgeon, portrayed by Jon Austin, recreates the
application of embalming during the Civil War period, demonstrations of
field embalming, and discussions of nineteenth century funeral
practices. Even though embalming
had been introduced twenty years earlier, the War offered a need to
apply the technique to preserve the remains of soldiers so that their
bodies could be shipped home for burial and was also utilized during
President Lincolnís long journey to Springfield, Illinois.
and historical artillery demonstration is conducted daily at 10:30 am demonstrating how a typical Civil War era artillery battery performed its
duties. Artillery pieces participate in the daily battle.
The audience will be shown
what a recruit had to go through involving their physical. Enlistment
papers signed by a Colonel will be handed out to young men-women who
wish to participate.
Ladies of Charity
A display and explanation of
items that women would collect for the soldiers, both Union and
Confederate. This will highlight the efforts women made to help the
soldiers. The number one service
the women provided was reading letters for the soldiers and also writing
letters for them to their families.
General Ulysses S. Grant
Mark Brown of rural
Roodhouse, Illinois will be on hand as Civil War General Ulysses S.
Grant. Brown has been a civil war reenactor for thirty years and has
impersonated General Grant for over twenty-five years.