Civil War Living History & Reenactment 2017

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I thought I would present you this small assortment of pictures from the Civil War Living History and Reenactment event at Confederate Reunion Grounds last month (as if you hadn’t already seen enough pictures, if you follow me on Facebook). Between School Day on the Friday, and public days Saturday to Sunday, I kept pretty busy, with over a thousand people passing through our gates! The reenactment is a popular annual event with some of the local schools, home-schoolers, and loyal reenactors who say they come every year. While I spent too much time stuck at the gift shop tent, my favorite parts of the event were meeting some of the educators, seeing the costumes and watching the dancing at the Reenactors’ Ball, seeing men get silly during the battle reenactment (“go back to hell you scavengers!!”), buying both a Union and Confederate cap (I’m an opportunist, like a carpetbagger), and having my family there to see my first major event here as Educator at the Confederate Reunion Grounds.

Thanks to everyone for coming or participating, and until next year, you scalawags!


Rosehill Cemetery, North Side Chicago

I am a fan of cemeteries. This may be strange to some but cemeteries can be peaceful, beautiful, and historic all at the same time. Rosehill Cemetery is supposedly Chicago’s largest cemetery, with many Civil War soldiers, and well-known Chicagoans buried here. I visited on a snowy weekend in February, so I suppose it’s about time I posted these pictures; I’m including just a few of my favorites.


The cemetery entrance was designed by architect William W. Boyington, best remembered for his design of the Chicago Water Tower.


A Civil War monument near the East side entrance, with names and battlesites running around the bottom. A flag is draped over the carving of a cannon.


And more Civil War soldiers. According to another blog, this is the Monument of Battery B. Dates of death were mostly around 1862.


The obelisk monument for Mayor “Long John” Wentworth; he was an Illinois politician, and Mayor of Chicago during the Civil War. According to the monument, he had four children with his wife, all of which died in infancy. 

Below are some links to further info about the cemetery: