Elgin Civil War Experience

NOTICE (6/10/18 10:30 am): Due to the weather conditions the City of Elgin has decided to cancel the rest of the events for today. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2nd Annual Elgin Civil War Experience.

If you have questions about tickets purchased online for today please email specialevents@cityofelgin.org.

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The City of Elgin will host the second annual Elgin Civil War Experience on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the property adjacent to 600 S. State Street in Elgin.

The City of Elgin is proud to offer a unique educational event, the Elgin Civil War Experience. Join American history enthusiasts for an immersive look at a turbulent time in American history. View reenactors recreate both civilian and military life during the Civil War era. Spectators will also be able to witness two battle reenactments with educational commentary.

The Elgin Civil War Experience will feature live battles, offer spectators the chance to experience living history, see accurate portrayals of soldier encampments and so much more!

Civil War Experience Logo-2018

Events and activities include:

  • Infantry Drills
  • Artillery Drills
  • Cavalry Competitions
  • Battle Reenactments
  • Fashion Shows
  • Ongoing demonstrations throughout the various camps
  • Appearances by various Generals of the time.
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2018 Elgin Civil War Experience Map

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, June 9 - Recreated Battle: Battle of Champion Hill

9:00 a.m.
Gates Open
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Military Parade and Drill
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
1863: Year of Decision - The Confederate Generals
10:50 - 11:35 a.m.
Harriet Tubman
11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Medical Tent - Youth Medical Inspection
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
1863: Year of Decision - The Union Generals
1:00 - 1:40 p.m.
Medical Tent - Minor Surgery
1:20 - 2:05 p.m.
Jefferson Davis
3:00 p.m.
Battle of Champion Hills
*Approx. 10 minutes after battle
Medical Tent - Surgery


8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Candlelight Tour
9:30 p.m. (approx.)
Cannon Night Firing


Sunday, June 10 - Recreated Battle: Siege of Vicksburg 

9:00 a.m.
Gates Open
9:00 a.m.
Church Service (open to public)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Military Parade and Drill
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Regrets and Reflections - Union Generals
10:50 - 11:35 a.m.
Fashion Show
11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Medical Tent - Youth Recruitment
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Harriet Tubman
12:00 - 12:40 p.m.
Medical Tent - Minor Surgery
1:20 - 2:05 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln
2:30 p.m.
Battle of the Siege of Vicksburg
*Approx 10 minutes after battle
Medical Tent - Surgery