Civil War Event

Village of Hainesville Annual Civil War Encampment & Battle

Saturday, October 19, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Relive history as knowledgeable re-enactors, both military and civilian in period costume, recreate an American Civil War Encampment and Battle in a rural setting in Hainesville, Illinois. Event highlights include: a narrated military battle between Union and Confederate uniformed military forces (the Atlanta Campaign, May 7 to September 2, 1864), military and civilian bivouacs and encampments, battlefield surgeries, undertakers and period medical displays. Visitor participation in the instruction of military drill is also available.

Historical presentations are provided by such luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, General Grant, Elijah Haines (village founder), Mary Todd Lincoln, Harriet Tubman (who escaped Southern slavery to rescue some 70 other slaves) and Thomas Morris Chester (the only black war reporter for a major Civil War daily newspaper, the Philadelphia Press). Vendors of food, soap, wool and period military souvenirs will also be available.

Opportunities will exist for visitors to question participants about their knowledge of and their character’s role in that period of our history. They are very knowledgeable of that period and their role in it. This event provides a great history lesson and perspective.

Admission and parking is FREE. Additional event information and re-enactor registration can be found on the tabs below.

Civil War Event Flyer

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Civil War Event Schedule

Hainesville’s 2024 Civil War Event Schedule

On-going activities all day: Union, Confederate & civilian camp visitations, General Grant’s HQs, medical displays & battlefield surgeries, settler & presenter interactions. Also available are food vendor, soap, wool item and military souvenir sales. Opportunity exists for public to participate in military drill instruction. All presenters when not giving their presentations will be available throughout the event to mingle & converse with the public. Military drills and battle are at the battlefield. See sign for drill instruction for the public.

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Civil War Event Video

View a five-minute video of the 2021 Civil War Event. (Depiction is valid. Ignore dates shown.)

Civil War Event Directions

The site for the event is on the north end of the Northbrook Sports Club property at 200 Hainesville Road, Hainesville, IL 60030.

At the intersection of Belvidere Road (US route 120) and Hainesville Road, turn south. Then carefully cross the railroad tracks and move further south stopping at the Information Booth to receive the event program. Then you will be directed to the visitors parking area. Parking for the handicapped, re-enactors, presenters, media, food vendors and EMS is further south.

Signs are posted throughout the vent site to direct visitors to the various activities. A site map is also included in the event program. All activities can be accessed by walking. Golf carts are available to transport the handicapped, as needed.

Enjoy the event.

Event Site Map and Site Key

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  1. Visitor Info/Program Stop
  2. Visitor Parking
  3. Re-enactment Registration Tent
  4. Union Forces Encampment
  5. Battlefield (Site of Battle & Military Drill)
  6. Confederate Forces Parking
  7. General Grant’s HQ
  8. 17th Corps Hospital & Battlefield Surgery
  9. Civilian Encampment
  10. Presentations Moved to Tent at 13
  11. Picnic Tables
  12. Presentation Tent
  13. Food Vendors (near 13 location
  14. Re-enactor, Presenter & Vendor Parking
  15. Media & EMS Parking
  16. Portable Toilets

29th US Colored Troops (in vicinity of 8&9 Drill Instruction for the Public (North of 8)

NOTE; Signs indicate activity locations. Refuse containers & recycle bins are strategically located throughout the encampment area.

Civil War Event Sponsors

We thank the following 2023 Civil War Event sponsors.

659 Railroad Avenue, Volo, IL 60073

Clearview Recycling
250 Belvidere Road, Hainesville, IL 60030

Northbrook Sports Club
160 Sports Club Drive, Hainesville, IL 60030

Robert E. Frank Real Estate
P.O. Box 1111, Lake Ville, IL 60046

R. H. Witt Heating
2049 Johns Drive, Glenview, IL 60025

Robinson Engineering
26575 W. Commerce, Suite 512, Volo, IL 60073

Event Sponsor Form

To sign up to sponsor the 2024 event, view and complete the 2024 Sponsor Sign Up Form.

Re-enactors Forms

View the 2024 Civil War Event Re-enactors Registration Form and the 2024 Re-enactors Waiver Form.

Mail the completed forms to: Wayne Carle, 26112 West Parkview Drive, Antioch, IL 60002

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