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Civil War brought to life at Graue Mill in Oak Brook

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  • Luetta Coonrod of Lombard demonstrates how food was cooked at Union Army camps during the Civil War Encampment on Sunday at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook. the event also featured combat and medical demonstrations from the Civil War era.

       Luetta Coonrod of Lombard demonstrates how food was cooked at Union Army camps during the Civil War Encampment on Sunday at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook. the event also featured combat and medical demonstrations from the Civil War era.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Winter of Lombard, who has been involved in Civil War re-enacting for 25 years, shows how to load a rifle during the Civil War Encampment on Sunday at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.

       Bob Winter of Lombard, who has been involved in Civil War re-enacting for 25 years, shows how to load a rifle during the Civil War Encampment on Sunday at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Winter of Lombard, who has been involved in Civil War re-enacting for 25 years, talks to visitors Sunday at the Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook. The event featured demonstrations of combat tactics and medical treatment from the Civil War era.

       Bob Winter of Lombard, who has been involved in Civil War re-enacting for 25 years, talks to visitors Sunday at the Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook. The event featured demonstrations of combat tactics and medical treatment from the Civil War era.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Re-enactors serving as Union Army soldiers relax Sunday during the Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.

       Re-enactors serving as Union Army soldiers relax Sunday during the Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Civil War Encampment in Oak Br

 
 

The soldiers, dressed in ragged blue uniforms, screamed "Aghhh!" and advanced, holding out long rifles with nasty-looking bayonets attached.

"Uh, that's close enough," one spectator said, getting a laugh from the crowd.

The soldiers were members of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and they were demonstrating the basics of Civil War-era combat during a living-history event Sunday at the Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.

In addition to the combat demonstrations, the members of the infantry set up exhibits to show what 19th-century weaponry and medicine were like.

The infantry also set up tents and cooking fires on the Graue Mill grounds in preparation for the solders' overnight camp-out.

Fred Mitchell of Oswego was one of Sunday's "soldiers." He said he got the Civil War bug from his father, who used to participate in "skirmishes" -- shooting competitions that use Civil War-era firearms.

"It's fun to relive history," Mitchell said. "I really like it when the young kids come by, because they usually don't know much about the Civil War at all. Seeing us in our uniforms, firing the weapons -- I think it makes an impression on them."

Janet Perlman of Wheaton attended Sunday's event with her 12-year-old son, Craig, who inspected the Civil War medical table stacked with vials of Black Tea and Tincture of Iodine.

"Learning about the war this way makes it come alive more," she said. "The visuals really stick with you."

The 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, a living-history re-enactment group, draws heavily from the Chicago area, as well as other parts of the state. The group is named after a real unit that fought for the Union Army from 1861 to 1865.

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