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Historical society prepares for annual Civil War encampment

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:06 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD – History comes to life in Lombard during the weekend of July 27, when Four Seasons Park is transformed into war camp for Confederate and Union soldiers during the third annual Sweet's Civil War Encampment hosted by the Lombard Historical Society.

Throughout the weekend, reenactors will create an 1863 military campsite, perform military drills and demonstrations and participate in a reenacted skirmish between the Confederate and Union sides.

Two local reenactment groups are co-hosting the event. Stanford's Battery interprets a Confederate battery unit from Mississippi, and they have been participating in reenactment events for many years. The unit owns several cannons that they bring to events.

The Union reenactors are the 8th Veteran Reserve Corps, which is a living history group associated with the Lombard Historical Society. This unit portrays soldiers, prisoners and women who were associated with the corps during the war. Historically, the 8th Veteran Reserve Corps was encamped at Camp Douglas during the Civil War, and was under the command of Col. Benjamin Sweet. Later, Sweet was promoted to a general and moved to Lombard to help found the town in 1869.

On July 26, the reenactors will set up camp at Four Seasons Park, and skirmishes will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday near the pond and hill at the park. Other historical events will take place throughout both days.

A donation of $5 per person is requested at the event. All money generated will benefit the Lombard Historical Society.

For more information, call 630-629-1885 or visit lombardhistory.org.

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