Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Civil War Day Is May 9th - Rain or Shine!

Bishop Hill's
Civil War Day Events

open to the public on
Saturday, May 9th,
will take place as planned unless the weather becomes severe.
Call 309-927-3899 or email the sponsor,
the Bishop Hill Heritage Association,
for storm-related updates.
Grab your umbrella and join us. Should there be drizzle, kindly consider that battles were often fought in extreme conditions! A bit of rain will add to the authenticity of this reenactment and will serve to focus attention on the sacrifices made on the battlefield by the gallant soldiers we gather to celebrate. 
The event honors Bishop Hill’s Company D, IL 57th Volunteer Infantry, as part of the 150th year-long anniversary of the Civil War. The Steeple Building Museum, Henry County Museum, and Bishop Hill Museum all feature special Civil War displays. An encampment will be held in the village park, with programs each hour throughout the day. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, General Blackjack Logan, and other Civil War figures. Witness an artillery demonstration, a skirmish, and more activities true to the period. End your day by attending an evening Civil War Dance at the Colony School. These programs are free and open to the public.
A Ladies Tea 
will be held at
the Steeple Building.
Walk-ins are welcome
but reservations are recommended!
Call 309-927-3899

Event Schedule

General John “Black Jack” Logan performed by Brian “Fox” Ellis in the Village
Park Gazebo
10am  Artillery Demonstration by Battery G, 2nd IL Light Artillery at Coopers’ Field
11am  Mother Bickerdyke performed by Helen Milan in the Dairy Building
11am  Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White program by Jeanne Schultz
Angel at the Henry County Museum
12:15pm  Civil War Field Embalming demonstration by Jon Austin at the Twinflower Inn
12:15pm   Ladies Tea by the Ladies of Charity in the Steeple Building
1:15pm  The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln as portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels in the Village Park Gazebo
2:30pm  Skirmish in Coopers’ Field
3:15pm  Medical Demonstration by the 17th Corps Field Hospital in the Village Park set as the 17th Corps Field Hospital
4pm  Civil War Music by Hammer and Pick at the Steeple Building
4pm to 7pm  P.L. Johnson’s and the Colony Inn will be open for dinner
7pm  Civil War Dance featuring “Too Old to Be Controlled” with caller Gail Hintze at the Colony School