Blue and Gray meet for battle in Hainesville
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.