Civil War battle re-enactment returns to Hainesville this weekend
Relive history in Hainesville as knowledgeable re-enactors, both military and civilian, in period costume re-create an American Civil War event hosted by the Northbrook Sports Club.
Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle returns Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, in a rural setting on the north end of the Northbrook Sports Club property, south of the intersection of Route 120 and Hainesville Road.
Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Event highlights include:
• Narrated battle with infantry, cavalry and artillery. This year the event will re-create the Battle of Bentonville in North Carolina, the last great battle of the Civil War.
• Military and civilian bivouacs and encampments.
• Battlefield surgeries, undertakers and medical displays.
• Period dressed military and civilian presenters with period music.
• Special guests, including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln; Elijah Haines, the founder of Hainesville; General Ulysses Grant; William Irving Kirk, a Southern abolitionist clergy; and Thomas Morris Chester, the only Black Civil War reporter for a major daily newspaper.
In addition to the battle and presentations, visitors will have opportunities to question participants about their characters' roles in the period of history re-created. Food vendor sales will also be available.
Signs are posted throughout the event site to direct visitors to the various activities. A site map will also be included in the event program. All activities can be accessed by walking; golf carts will be available to transport guests with disabilities, as needed.
Admission is free. On-site parking is $10 cash per vehicle or $5 cash per motorcycle.
For information and a video, visit www.hainesville.org.
Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle
Event takes place in a rural setting off South Hainesville Road in Hainesville.
Saturday, Oct. 1610 a.m. Public entry begins
10:15-10:45 a.m. Military drill
10:50-11:20 a.m. Elijah Haines (Hainesville founder)
11:25-11:55 a.m. Mary Todd Lincoln (A Day in the Lincoln White House)
Noon to 12:30 p.m. William Irving Kirk (Southern abolitionist clergy)
12:40-1:10 p.m. General Grant (The Final Days)
1:15-2 p.m. President Lincoln (Finishing the Work)
2:10-2:40 p.m. Officers' call
2:10-2:40 p.m. Thomas Morris Chester (Battle of New Market Heights)
2:45-3:15 p.m. Battlefield surgery
3:15-3:30 p.m. Assembly
3:30-4 p.m. Narrated battle (Battle of Bentonville, N.C.; last great battle of the Civil War)
4 p.m. Event closes to the public
Sunday, Oct. 178:30-9 a.m. Church Service (in barn or at benches)
9 a.m. Public entry begins
9:15-9:45 a.m. Military drill
9:50-10:20 a.m. Elijah Haines (Hainesville founder)
10:25-10:55 a.m. Mary Todd Lincoln (A Day in the Lincoln White House)
11:00-11:30 a.m. William Irving Kirk (Southern abolitionist clergy)
11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. General Grant (The Final Days)
12:10-12:55 p.m. President Lincoln (Finishing the Work)
1:10-1:30 p.m. Officers' call
1:10-1:30 p.m. Thomas Morris Chester (Battle of New Market Heights)
1:35-2:05 p.m. Battlefield surgery
2:15-2:30 p.m. Assembly
2:30-3 p.m. Narrated battle (Battle of Bentonville, N.C.; last great battle of the Civil War)
3 p.m. Event ends