A Step Back in Time

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.

We started at the Confederate camp, where this soldier filled his canteen from a barrel of water.

We started at the Confederate camp, where this soldier filled his canteen from a barrel of water.

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.

This little group played period tunes with period instruments.

This little group played period tunes with period instruments.

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!three ladies

 

just talking

Also, something else I found interesting – how many of the participants were actually recording themselves and others! Like this group, half Federal, half Confederate:

The North was photographing the South

The South was shooting the North!

 

There was a lot of stuff to see, so this will span the next couple of days’ post, I should think!

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