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Downstate re-enactors tell Civil War stories

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- The stories of men who fought in the Civil War will be told in first-person accounts at the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield.

Re-enactors will reminisce Sept. 12 at the tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Presentations;http://www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln— will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the grave.

The stories will come from each branch of the service -- artillery, Navy, infantry and cavalry. They will be about men who fought on the U.S.S. Monitor during the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack; in the Battle of Fort Sumter; and Virginians who fought at Gettysburg and the Battle of Berryville.

Lincoln, his wife and three of their four sons are buried at the tomb. It is open for tours.