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'Glory Days' May 31-June 1 at Lincoln's New Salem

1830s militia muster to re-enact formation of Capt. Abraham Lincoln's Black Hawk War company

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[May 22, 2008]  PETERSBURG -- The formation of Capt. Abraham Lincoln's Black Hawk War company 176 years ago will be re-enacted during "Glory Days," an 1830s militia muster planned for May 31 and June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg.

The event is free and open to the public.

During the call for Black Hawk War volunteers in 1832, New Salem village residents and area farmers signed up for 30 days of service in the 4th Regiment of Mounted Volunteers of the state of Illinois. Those who volunteered elected Abraham Lincoln the leader of the unit, and he was given the rank of captain.

During Glory Days, visitors will see company drills, musket-firing demonstrations and a flag retreat ceremony each day. Visitors may join the marching drills, using brooms instead of muskets. Several of the log buildings will be open, and visitors may talk to costumed interpreters and learn about village life during the 1830s.

The event is sponsored by the New Salem Lincoln League and Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, which is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The site is a re-creation of the 1830s log village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years. It is located along Route 97 about two miles south of Petersburg and is open daily for free public tours.

[Text from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


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