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9/13/2012 9:07:00 AM
Civil War reenactment at Old State Capitol: "A Call to Arms," Sept. 22

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois military unit created 150 years ago to fight in the Civil War will re-enact its formation during “A Call to Arms” on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Springfield.  The event is free and open to the public.

“A Call to Arms” is being held during the 11th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show.

 The members of the 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Reactivated) will re-enact the activities surrounding the recruiting, enlisting, and training of men into the new Union infantry regiment formed in Sangamon County in 1862.  Some of the activities will be open to public participation by adults and children, including enlistment and drilling.  Other activities during the day will include physical exams of the recruits, issuance of uniforms and weapons, and firing demonstrations.

In addition to the military activities, the Soldiers Aid Society will have activities during the day similar to what women did in 1862 to support their men in the service.  The Society members will be in the Old State Capitol Senate Chamber sewing, knitting, quilting, and rolling bandages.  Visitors may assist with some of these activities.  At 2 and 2:30 p.m. the Soldiers Aid Society will present “Tableaux Vivants,” popular amateur theatrical presentations of the Civil War period, on the Old State Capitol south steps.

 At the end of the day at 4 p.m., the ladies will present the departing 114th Regiment their national and regimental colors as was done for some Union regiments 150 years ago.

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