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Naper Settlement Civil War Days

The grounds of Naper Settlement was transformed into a Civil War encampment for visitors to experience first hand an important time period in our nation’s history.

From shopping on Sutler’s Row to meeting famous people from the past, visitors watched as hundreds of reenactors brought the Civil War-era to life.

“We were playing a simple game of baseball and then the bloody revs tried to ambush us, obviously we lost pretty badly, we lost a lot of men so we’re just hoping we can get them back, hopefully we can get more men from Washington and hit them back harder,” said Alex Galloway, Participant of the Civil War Days.

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest battles in history where more than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives fighting for what they believed in.

17-year-old Martin Shaw learned the importance of this event by putting on a suit.

“For me I’m a more of a hands on person and being more hands on, I see it better to relive history, to relive what actually happened, it shows the possibility of what could have happened, what could have been better, what could have been worse and it also kind of brings home the real effect of it all,” said Martin Shaw, Participant of the Civil War Days.

The two-day event brought in more than 3,000 people to relive the 1860’s and Naper Settlement looks forward to continuing the tradition next year.


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