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21st Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend


Union infantrymen charge the enemy line during the annual Wade House Civil War Weekend

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Wade House will turn back the clock to the spring and summer of 1861 to re-enact the initial clashes between Union and Confederate forces in Missouri during the historic site's 21st Annual Civil War Weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. The largest single event that the Wisconsin Historical Society presents brings hundreds of Civil War re-enactors to the site for a two-day encampment and battle re-enactment.

A special guest will be President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by popular re-enactor Fritz Klein). Listen as Lincoln provides insight on the situation in Missouri and elsewhere as things deteriorate into war during the summer of 1861, thoughts on how to preserve the Union, and perspective on the perils that lie ahead. From 3 to 4 pm each day, Lincoln will be available for autographs and photographs.

Explore the Camps and Experience a Civil War Battle

Each day visitors can stroll the sprawling, wooded Wade House grounds to meet and mingle with Confederate and Union re-enactors. Visitors can also explore Sutlers Row and the camps of civilian sutlers who shadowed troop movements to hawk wares that were not available through government issue. Each day there will be a skirmish at 11 am and a full-scale battle at 2 pm. Watch the spectacle of hundreds of soldiers — cavalry, infantry and artillery — as they meet in battle.

Before and after the battles, watch as troops from both armies conduct drills and offer a variety of demonstrations. Civilian and women's issues, a medical field hospital, and music of the Civil War era will be presented interactively each day. Expanded food and beverage offerings and an extensive array of Civil War items will be available for sale on site.

Other Things to See and Do at Wade House

While at Wade House you will want to set aside some time to explore the historic site's many other historic features:

If You Go

For complete details on admission and hours, location and directions, accessibility and other details, visit our visitor information pages.

:: Posted September 22, 2011

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