Blue and Gray meet for battle in Hainesville

  • Kevin J. Wood of Oak Park portrays Abraham Lincoln on Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville.

      Kevin J. Wood of Oak Park portrays Abraham Lincoln on Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • The "Battlefield Balladeers" perform Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. David Corbett of Buffalo Grove, left, plays banjo and harmonica and Jim Schranz of Lindenhurst plays the guitar.

      The "Battlefield Balladeers" perform Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. David Corbett of Buffalo Grove, left, plays banjo and harmonica and Jim Schranz of Lindenhurst plays the guitar. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Re-enactors portray the 45th Illinois Infantry out of Galena on Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville.

      Re-enactors portray the 45th Illinois Infantry out of Galena on Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Alice Urven, 7, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, plays with a hoop and stick Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville.

      Alice Urven, 7, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, plays with a hoop and stick Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • John Masciale of Palatine plays banjo Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle hosted by the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville.

      John Masciale of Palatine plays banjo Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle hosted by the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin J. Wood of Oak Park portrays Abraham Lincoln as he strolls among the tents Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville.

      Kevin J. Wood of Oak Park portrays Abraham Lincoln as he strolls among the tents Sunday during the Civil War Encampment and Battle at the Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 10/20/2019 6:58 PM

The Blue and the Gray clashed Sunday on the fields of central Lake County as re-enactors and history buffs gathered for Hainesville's annual Civil War Encampment and Battle.

The two-day encampment on the Northbrook Sports Club property opened Saturday and was billed as the biggest and best in the event's history, with more re-enactors, horses and cannons involved, and a narrated battle entitled "Prelude to Atlanta" taking place both afternoons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Other highlights of the free event included talks given by actors portraying Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Clara Barton, William Irving Kirk and Elijah Haines, who was Hainesville's founder.

There were guided tours of the various military and civilian encampments, a battlefield surgery demonstration, music and more.

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