Civil War relived in Evansville
If you go
What: Rally 'Round the Flag! second annual Civil War living history event
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Most events are in Evansville's Lake Leota Park, with others at Maple Hill Cemetery and Creekside Place, Evansville.
Cost: Most events free
Details: For a complete schedule with times and locations of events, visit grovesociety.org or call (608) 882-5528.
EVANSVILLE Scenes from patriotic gatherings held across the state 150 years ago and battlefield artillery firings will be reenacted this weekend in Evansville.
The local historical society, the Evansville Grove Society, will recreate the atmosphere and activities from the spring of 1861 in the second annual Rally 'Round the Flag, a Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. The event starts Friday night, running through Sunday afternoon.
"We decided that it was so popular with people last year that we'd make it an annual event, so it's back by popular demand," said John Decker, president of the Grove Society.
Evansville was one of the sites for statewide gatherings held in 1861 to rally support for the national government, recruit volunteer regiments and encourage financial and material aid for those who volunteered and their families.
The event includes reenactment camps, speeches, a parade, concert by the 1st Brigade Band, Civil War fashion show, supper with the troops, military ball, church service in period style with live music and artillery demonstrations.
More than 1,800 middle school students from around the area will learn from about 20 hands-on instructional stations during an invite-only portion of the event Friday.