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'Spirits of the Civil War' Saturday at Lincoln Tomb

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[September 04, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- First-person accounts of men and women who experienced the Civil War will be presented during "Spirits of the Civil War" on Saturday at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Lincoln Monument Association.

First-person re-enactors will present their stories from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the Lincoln Tomb. These special presentations are scheduled: 11 a.m., Betty Carlson Kay, "What Did Women Do During the Civil War?"; 1 p.m., Edward Finch, "Captain Terry, Civil War Naval Officer;" 2 p.m., Robert Davis, "A Soldier's Story, the Ghost of Andrew Lewis;" and 3 p.m., Mike Burke, "Meet a Boy in Blue." 

The 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Reactivated) will have an encampment set up on-site and will talk with visitors about life in general during the Civil War. Inside the Lincoln Tomb, visitors may learn about the little-known Camp Yates, the first Civil War camp for enlisting and mustering soldiers in Springfield after the call for Illinois volunteers.

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This program is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the final resting place of Abraham and Mary Lincoln and three of their four sons, is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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