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bring in Speakers, Demonstrators
and more!

Admission to the Morton Civil War Days is FREE,
thanks to our wonderful sponsors.

Children's Scavenger Hunt
(Saturday and Sunday)
A Children's Scavenger Hunt will be held on both Saturday and
Sunday during the Reenactment weekend.  Parents can bring
their children (12 and under) to the information tent and pick up a
Scavenger Hunt form.  The form is full of items that will be found
around the daily lives of a Civil War Soldier.  Once the reenactors
sign off on each item, return the form to the Information tent to
receive a prize!

Candy Cannon
(Saturday and Sunday)
The candy cannon will be shot off once each day,
(schedule TBA)  soldiers load the cannon with candy, and
fire it on to the battlefield.  After the cannon fires children
can race to pick up candy

Each morning Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery Reenacting units will
participate in drill.  During Drill, Officers will teach their troops the
standards of Marching and Battle Tactics.

Battle Reenactment
There will be battle reenactments on both days of
the event.  Each battle will be completely different and
feature a recreation of an actual battle during the American Civil
War.  Each battle will use artillery, cavalry, and infantry. Some
cannons used during these reenactments are original and were
used during the civil war.

Saturday - 3:30 PM       Sunday - 2:00 PM

Sutlers are another name for a vendor.  Sutlers were very
common in the 1860's following armies around on the
march selling their wares.  Today sutlers sell everything
from recreated uniforms to children toys.

Reenactors / Military Camps
The union and confederate camps are open to the public
from 9:00am to 5:00 pm each day.  It is encouraged to visit
the camp and learn first hand how a soldier lived during the
war.  Feel free to ask questions, reenactors love teaching
about history and are ready to help you learn.  

Period Ball
The 33rd Illinois Infantry Band will be playing for a 2 hour
period ball, complete with Victorian style dancing on
Saturday night from 7:00 to 9:00.  See woman in their
fancy dresses, or Men in there finest garb.  The Public is welcome
to participate so feel free to join in and try a dance or two.

Artillery Night Fire
A spectacular site during the nighttime.  Each cannon fires
shots during a 15 minute display that include fireworks.
9:15 on Saturday evening.

Church Service
Sunday morning we will be holding a non denomination
church service they way they were held in 1863.  We will
have music provided by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Band and General Thomas will give a sermon.  This will
take place as the "amphitheater"  in the park.

Ladies Tea and Fashion Show
More to come
for 2018

33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band

The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, Inc. Was re-
created, in 1996, by musicians from Central Illinois. Like the
original band, the musicians were recruited from the same
geographical area in Illinois and come from all walks of life.
The band is an authentic reenactment of the actual Civil War
Era band that was mustered at State Normal University in
1861.   The band’s uniforms, sewn from natural wool fibers,
are authentic in every detail, and have been patterned from
actual specimens worn by the Union soldier. The authenticity
in dress presents the audience with the most accurate
appearance possible.  For more information on the
33rd Illinois Volunteer Band, visit

108th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Medical Hospital

The 108th provides 1st person surgical  displays, including
amputations, wound care, and bullet removals.  These
demonstrations are not for the faint of heart as they can be
very graphic.  They involved Civil War Era techniques and
tools.  Tools used in the display and demonstrations are
original tools from the civil war.  The display is open the entire
weekend with a full medical demonstration after each battle

Brian "Fox" Ellis

Internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, and historian, Brian
Fox Ellis, will be giving First Person Performances on Saturday
and Sunday at the 2018 Morton Civil War Days.

Saturday will feature General John A. Logan.

Who was John A. Logan? Was he: General Grant’s favorite Civil
War officer, OR one of Illinois’ most powerful Senators, OR
Founder of Memorial Day as a National Holiday, OR Mark Twain’s
favorite public speaker… Or all of the above? As one historian has
said, John A Logan was the most important character of the 19th
century who is completely forgotten in the 21st. How does a man
go from small town lawyer to Vice Presidential Candidate? What
pushed him from becoming Abraham Lincoln’s bitter rival to
campaigning for Lincoln’s re-election? How does an avid racist
and author of Illinois’ Black Laws become an advocate for African
American Civil Rights and education? Spend an hour with this
enigmatic character as personified by Brian Fox Ellis and maybe
you will better understand why Frederick Douglas said, if a man
like Black Jack Logan can have a change of heart then there is
hope for everyone.

Sunday will feature Steamboat Captain Henry Detweiller.

Based on the pilot’s logs of Captain Detweiller, Brian “Fox” Ellis
steps on stage immersing the audience in the vital, though
unsung role of steamboats in the siege of Vicksburg, the capture
of Natchez, and the horrors of Shiloh. Captain Henry Detweiller
was there and shares an eyewitness account. He delivered troops
and supplies during the Civil War, was a friend of Lincoln and rival
of Mark Twain! Fox brings these stories to life in a first person
monologue that shares a unique voice in this important chapter of
river history.

Abraham Lincoln

More to Come.  

Dr. Phineas Fairhead

More to come

Metamora Courthouse Civil War Dancers

More to Come