Galena, Illinois' General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment

By Corey A. Edwards

General Grant Homecoming Re-enactmentIn 1865, Galena, Illinois celebrated the triumphant return home of General Ulysses S. Grant – now you can, too at the General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment!

Ulysses S. Grant had a home in Galena from the spring of 1860 until his last visit in 1880, though history buffs will look at those dates and understand that he spent few of those years actually living in the residence. Between 1861 and 1865 he was busy winning the war for the Union and, from 1868 to 1871, he was busy being president.

Despite this, Galenans loved their hometown hero and kept him as their own. Grant certainly seemed to feel the same and continually returned to Galena when he could. Celebrating the general’s victorious return to Galena with a 3-day re-enactment of life in those times – both military and civilian – almost 150 years later is a fitting gesture.

General Grant’s Home Front Civil War Encampment

April 25 – 27, 2014
in Galena, Illinois
Adults $5, Registered Re-enactors, uniformed Scouts and children under 12 enter for free

Divided into 3 days, Civil War re-enactors will hold demonstrations on topics such as period artillery, infantry, medical care, and music and dance. Below are a few highlights of the scheduled activities.

Friday, April 25th
5 to 7pm – Candlelight Tours of the Washburn and Grant homes

Saturday, April 26th
10am – Camp opens to public
10am to 3pm – Living History stations in camp: infantry/artillery/medical/civilian/music & dance
9:45am to 10:45am – Battalion Drill on main field
10:45am to Noon – Boy Scout Drill
Noon to 3pm – Sanitary Fair – period dancing and a Bazaar of donated, period items for sale
3:15pm – A re-enactment of the Vicksburg Campaign
5pm – US/Battalion Flag ceremony
5:15pm – Camp closes for the night

Sunday, April 27th

10am – Camp opens, Period church service in camp
10am to Noon – Living History re-enactments in camp
Noon – Picnic Social where you may bid on baskets for lunch with Donor/Living Historian
2pm – Re-enactment of the Battle of Fever River
3pm – Camp closes

Lodging for the General Grant Homecoming Re-enactment
Whether you’re in Galena for Civil War re-enactments, romance, business, or pleasure, Cloran Mansion bed and breakfast is here for you. Give us a try and discover the meaning of comfort and hospitality.

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