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 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.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]