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Civil War Days

When: May 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2015

Make your way through Prairietown where the year is 1863 and immerse yourself in the Civil War homefront and battlefront. Learn about Union and Confederate camp life, battle tactics, food, various technologies used during wartime, and medicine including a field hospital tour and surgery demonstration. Feel the boom from a Civil War-era cannon firing and learn about the intricacies of Civil War artillery and the skill it took to work them. Fire an authentic Civil War-era rifle ($5). Ask President Abraham Lincoln, during his live presentation, about his presidency and what it was like leading the country during this tumultuous time. Listen to stories of women serving in uniform, and what lengths they went to in order to disguise their identity to take up arms. Hear about the important role the 28th U.S. Colored Troops played during the war, and discover the impact of the war on free blacks in Indiana through an interactive play about the Roberts Settlement. And, enjoy the sounds of Colonel Armstrong’s Rusty Musket band as they boost the morale of their fellow soldiers.

Price: Included with park admission

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