The First Division Museum and Cantigny Park are the places to be for Civil War history buffs, educators and curious onlookers the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6 in Wheaton. More than 100 attendees, primarily history teachers, are expected at the 16th annual Civil War Symposium hosted with the National Archives Great Lakes Region from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. In addition, Civil War “living history” reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians will camp at Cantigny both days.
The theme for this year’s symposium is “1863: The Tide of War Turns,” with presentations by:
ˇ Michael Ballard, Mississippi State University
Atrocities at Milliken’s Bend: U.S. Grant, Racism, and the Siege of Vicksburg
ˇ James Downs, Connecticut College
Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War
ˇ Robert Girardi, Independent Scholar
The Union High Command at Chancellorsville
ˇ Stephen Towne, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Fighting Desertion and Disloyalty: The Rise of Army
The one-day symposium is free and open to the general public, but advance registration is required. Further information and a downloadable registration form are online at FirstDivisionMuseum.org or people may call 773-948-9001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil War “living history” reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians will camp at Cantigny during the weekend. Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and Harriet Tubman will perform outside the First Division Museum on Saturday, and spectators can witness artillery demonstrations, infantry drills and skirmishes on the Cantigny Parade Field both days. A battlefield surgeon will perform at the camp’s hospital tent (caution: not for the faint of heart).
Visitors also can listen to The Battlefield Balladeers perform songs from the Civil War era.
Full details and a daily timeline of events are posted online at FirstDivisionMuseum.org. Cantigny is at 1S151 Winfield Road. Like the symposium, outdoor events and activities are free of charge with a $5 parking fee. Registration applies only to the Civil War Symposium inside the First Division Museum.