Civil War re-enactors from Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery set up camp at Point Rock Park and lived there over the weekend, in a manner similar to what Civil War Soldiers would have lived in the 1860’s.

Many folks from around the area came to see the soldiers and their families, as they portrayed what it was like to camp during the 1800’s. Many fun demonstrations took place, all having to do with historic day-to-day living in the 1800’s. Cannon and small arms were shot, while many visitors observed, learned, and spoke with the soldiers and their families.

RiverReader had the opportunity to speak with Captain Tim Tedrick, who told us about the character he brings to life within the re-enactments, a Civil War soldier who eventually went on to become a firefighter in the City of Chicago. See our video, below, for his fantastic characterization of Roland G. Harmon, born in Ohio in 1843, and also for footage of a real canon being fired.

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This wonderful event was sponsored by the City of Mount Carroll and promoted by The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce. Thank you!

Updated to add that the two children, on the far right of the group of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, are named Kelsey Guilliams and Caleb Smith. Thank you for the information, Annie Smith!

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