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23rd Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend


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

Wade House historic site in Greenbush will continue its commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial by staging one of the largest Civil War encampments and battle re-enactments in Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, from 9 am to 5 pm. The 23rd Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend event will re-create the September 1863 Battle of Chickamauga, where Wisconsin soldiers fought gallantly in desperate conditions.

Battles Each Day and a Visit from President Lincoln

In a scene reminiscent of what took place that fateful autumn 150 years ago, cavalry and artillery representing both sides of the conflict will skirmish at 11 am each day, followed by a full-scale battle at 2 pm. In between the action, visitors will be able to access the battlefield to get an up-close look at the men, horses and equipment that bring the American Civil War to life.

On both days, guests to the Wade House will have a chance to listen to our nation's 16th president, brought to life by one of America's premier Abraham Lincoln presenters, Fritz Klein, as he shares his concerns about the ferocious fighting, the overall war effort, and the trials to come. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy Civil War music from the battlefield and home front, explore a soldier's life in camp, and learn about military life through hands-on activities in the family area.

Plenty of Food, Refreshments and Other Activities to Enjoy

Food and shopping are part of the weekend as well, with a wide assortment of food and beverage offerings in multiple locations. A variety of period merchants, called suttlers, will be set up on the grounds, purveying their goods and showcasing their talents. During your visit, plan to tour the historic Wade House stagecoach inn, Herrling Sawmill, Dockstader Blacksmith Shop and the new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, all of which are included in the day's admission.

Visitors will begin the special experience in Greenbush with parking just off Center Street. Special event pricing is: adults $12; students/seniors $10; children (5-17) $6; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $32.

:: Posted September 23, 2013

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