Civil War Saturdays at Old State Capitol continue with Civil War
Camping and Cooking Day
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[October 17, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Visitors are
invited to sample the sights and smells of an authentic Union camp
Saturday during Civil War Camping and Cooking Day, the next living
history program in the Civil War Saturdays series at the Old State
Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Springfield. The event is
free and open to the public. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Civil War re-enactors will be present on the lawn of the historic
site, demonstrating military camp life by setting up tents,
displaying camping equipment and personal items the soldiers would
have carried, and cooking authentic meals on a campfire. The menu
will include dishes called skillygalee, Washington pies, scouse,
Army pancakes, sloosh, and hasty pudding, among others. These
recipes will include the authentic types of rations issued to Civil
War soldiers, such as hardtack, bacon, salt pork and beef, as well
as food that would have been acquired by foraging, such as fruit and
During the 1840s and 1850s, the Old State Capitol was
the scene of debate over issues that led the nation to war in 1861.
During the Civil War, as the seat of government, the Statehouse was
the center of the state's efforts at wartime mobilization. The
building also provided space for local events aiding the needs of
local residents as well as soldier relief efforts.
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Old State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday.
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic