Today was day one of the Lake County Civil War Days, held at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Every year, re-enactors come and demonstrate period crafts and dress, topped off with two battles, one on each day.
I’ve always wanted to see one (reenactment, that is), so I talked the hubby into going out today.
I thought it interesting, and I liked the perspective on the time you can get.
Also, I know of at least three relatives that actually took part in the Civil War, and we have a distant connection with Gen. U.S. Grant, so the War Between the States has always had a particular place in history for my family.
I’m not sure I could keep up with these re-enactors, though. They immersed themselves in the time, actually living at the “camps”, as well as demonstrating their various skills.
A lot of the participants either made their own outfits or designed them. One of the vendor tents was devoted entirely to those who did just that, with patterns and detail pieces for the discerning Civil War tailor!
Also, something else I found interesting – how many of the participants were actually recording themselves and others! Like this group, half Federal, half Confederate:
There was a lot of stuff to see, so this will span the next couple of days’ post, I should think!