Civil War Event

Village of Hainesville’s Annual
Civil War Encampment & Battle

Saturday, October 21, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 2023 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 Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863), military and civilian bivouacs and encampments, battlefield surgeries, undertakers and period medical displays. New this year are portrayals of Harriet Tubman (who escaped Southern slavery to rescue some 70 other slaves), the encampment of the 29th US Colored Troops, and visitor participation in the instruction of military drills.

Historical presentations are provided by such luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, General Grant, Elijah Haines (village founder), Mary Todd Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Thomas Morris Chester (the only black war reporter for a major Civil War daily newspaper, the Philadelphia Press). Food vendors 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 panels below:

Click HERE to view the 2023 Event Flyer

Click HERE to view a 5 minute video of our Civil War Event (Note: this was the video used for the 2021 event. Depiction is valid. Ignore dates shown.)

Click HERE to view the Directions to the Event Site

Click HERE for Schedule of Events 

Click HERE to view the Event Site Map

Click HERE to view the Event Site Map Key

Click HERE for this year’s Sponsor List 

Click HERE to view the Sponsor/Donation Form


                           RE-ENACTOR REGISTRATION & WAIVER FORMS

           NOTE:  Each form below is to be downloaded, filled out and mailed to:

                   Wayne Carle, 26112 West Parkview Drive, Antioch, IL 60002

Click HERE to view the Re-enactor Registration Form

Click HERE to view the Re-enactor Waiver Form


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