Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

2014-03-08T20:30:00Z 2014-03-10T14:29:10Z Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at historyMarc Chase marc.chase@nwi.com, (219) 662-5330 nwitimes.com
March 08, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A group portraying a region fighting unit from America's bloodiest war will continue live demonstrations Sunday during a special Civil War exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.

The 20th Indiana Infantry Company B re-enactors will be at the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, answering questions about the history of the fighting unit and the life of region Civil War soldiers. The group also has several items, including a model soldier camp and weapons of the era, on display.

The re-enactors will also be available for demonstrations March 22-23 and April 12, 13, 26 and 27 at the exhibit, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 30.

The real 20th Indiana, which included hundreds of men from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, fought in nearly every major battle of the Civil War's eastern theater.

The free exhibit tells the stories of Northwest Indiana's answer to President Abraham Lincoln's call to service during the 1861-1865 war.

Hundreds of photos of local veterans, narrative text, artifacts and to-scale replicas of region battle flags are on display at the Welcome Center, located at the South Kennedy Avenue exit off Interstate 80/94.

Future special events include a March 22-23 showing of the independent film "Saving Lincoln" in the Welcome Center's theater. The movie, which was released last year, tells the story of Lincoln's presidency through the accounts of his trusted friend and bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon.

Watch The Times and nwi.com in the coming weeks for show times and other details.

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