Delavan Civil War Days Saturday and Sunday
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[May 01, 2013]
DELAVAN -- The public is invited
to the second annual Delavan Civil War Days, a free event on
Saturday and Sunday. It has more than doubled from the 2012 program,
and it is expected that more than 250 re-enactors will converge on
Delavan. More than a dozen cannons and at least two dozen horses are
After a very successful inaugural event, the Delavan Community
Historical Society voted to continue to provide central Illinois
with this first-class living history weekend.
On the schedule are multiple battles and skirmishes, a parade, as
well as several demonstrations and speakers.
This year, the battles portrayed will feature scenarios from
1863. On Saturday there will be a portrayal of Buford's Stand during
the first morning of the Battle of Gettysburg, and on Sunday will be
a re-creation of a portion of the Battle of Chickamauga. Sunday's
battle will include the use of one of the country's first repeating
Internationally acclaimed author, storyteller and historian Brian
"Fox" Ellis will give first-person narrations of Peorians who served
during the Civil War. He will also be in character throughout the
weekend as Gen. "Black Jack" Logan.
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Band will also perform
during the weekend, as well as for the period ball on Saturday
The weekend will include appearances by several generals. Gen.
Grant will be accompanied by Gen. Custer, representing the Union
army, and Gen. Lee, Gen. Stuart and Gen. Jackson will arrive for the
Confederacy. While in first-person character, the generals will give
a perspective on the War Between the States during 1863. They will
also be available for pictures and questions throughout the weekend.
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There will be an undertaker and medical display where you may
catch a live embalming or amputation.
Stop by the phrenology tent and have your head examined by Dr.
Phineas Fairhead. A practical phrenologist by trade, Dr. Fairhead
will examine the shape of your head to determine one's strengths and
Women in attendance will be treated to a tea and fashion show
featuring mannerisms and styles of the Victorian era. Re-enactors
will be on hand to show off their period dresses and sewing
The event will also feature a U.S. marshal who will be roaming
the streets and making arrests.
There will be plenty of children's activities, including a
scavenger hunt and a cannon that shoots candy. Kids can line up and
race to pick up candy after the cannon is fired.
There will be an old-fashioned homemade root beer stand and many
other period-style vendors known as sutlers.
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