A Time for Peace…

At Civil War Days (Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda), it was more than just a battle reenactment – it seemed to almost be a life reenactment, down to games they played and food they ate.

Checkers, cards and a peg solitaire board with nails helped to pass the soldiers' time

Checkers, cards, dice, and a peg solitaire board with nails helped to pass the soldiers’ time

A table setting, almost accurate (save the modern pepper shaker)!

A table setting, almost accurate (save the modern pepper shaker)!

There was even a portable blacksmith shop, complete with anvil and forge:

And if you got inspired, or just wanted to try it out, there were vendors that supplied ready-made accoutrements for your reenactment pleasure!

Just a couple of handmade bonnets for sale for players and attendees

Just a couple of handmade bonnets for sale for players and attendees – the blue one says $75

This full outfit was available for sale

This full outfit was available for sale. I didn’t get the price, but if the bonnets are $75…this just might be well out of MY price range!

When we arrived, there was a program in progress of various generals speaking about various battles. We happened to pass while General Robert E. Lee was speaking:generals

The players were accurate, right down to Custer’s extra gold braid, Longstreet’s feathers and Grant’s cigar!

I would have liked to hear the whole program, but we got there too late and only heard five of the generals speak:

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I couldn’t identify the other four.

I thought it was cool that they found all these guys to do this, looking and acting like these American icons, but then later, we walked by this encampment:troupe tent

It rather spoiled the illusion watching Custer eat a piece of pizza!

And there were others interested in the generals:

Another anachronism!

Another anachronism!

Tomorrow – the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou!

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