Civil War on Sunday

This past Sunday we got the chance to go to see a Civil War Re-enactment at Naper Settlement in Naperville, IL.

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Confederate telegraph operator George “Lightning” Ellsworth.

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Playing along with the musicians (M and K are the two girls wearing hats under the flute player). They got to play three songs with them, and we videotaped them. It was so much fun. Little E was too shy to play along.

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Me with President Lincoln (I cropped out the girls for privacy but they were in the shot in front of us.

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Mr. RSG learning about the weapons used by the confederate soldiers (why yes, he is a Hawks fan).

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General Custer looking tired and other Union officers
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Old fashioned photographer developing tintype (ferrotype) photos.

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This photographer, I came to find out, is a nuclear particle accelerator operator. I talked with him quite a bit about photography. Turns out he knows a bit about genetic analysis from having taken a class or two in college. We had quite a lively conversation.

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Ladies shopping at the sutlery (a store on an army post to sell provisions to the soldiers).
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Union soliders on the march

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Battle re-enactment

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This was an amazing field trip. And I’m so glad we got the opportunity to go.

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