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Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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General Grant's Home Front Civil War Encampment

Galena River Bank
101 Bouthillier St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-4100

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Civil War encampments are back in town. Swarms of 1860s blue and grey uniformed soldiers will blend once again into the historic skyline of Galena.

The busy schedule calls for military drill in the morning, a battle in the afternoon, a parade in between. Civilians in period-correct attire will grace the camp in living history fashion. The public is invited to watch the proceedings of camp life, observe medical technology of the time and witness the re-enactment of the Siege of Vicksburg (MS), then relax and enjoy a classic Sanitary Fair.

Tentative 2015 Schedule

Fri., April 24, 2015
•Noon – Camp set-up begins.
•5-7 p.m. – Tours (Washburn and Grant homes), $ donation.

Sat., April 25, 2015
•8 a.m. – Breakfast for re-enactors (location to be announced).
•10 a.m. – Camp opens to public. Admission: Adults $5, registered re-enactors, uniformed Scouts & children under 12 free.
•10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Living History stations in camp, infantry/artillery/medical/civilian/music & dance.
•11:30 am – Battle.
•Noon-3 p.m. – Sanitary Fair: period dance. Bazaar: buy donated period items.
•5 p.m. – U.S./Battalion flag ceremony.
•5:15 p.m. – Camp closes.

Sun., April 26, 2015
•9 a.m. – Period church service in activity tent.
•10 a.m. – Camps open for the public - Special Quilting & the Civil War.
•10 a.m.-noon – Living history in camp.
•1:30 p.m. – Battle of Fever River.
•2:30 p.m. – Camp closes
*NOTE: All funds collected support this event.