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22nd Annual Civil War Reeanactment in Keokuk
Keokuk, IA Transport yourself back in time to the Civil War Era by
attending the 22nd Annual Civil War Reenactment at Keokuk’s Rand Park
to be held April 23-26, 2009. The spring tradition continues with military
encampments of both the Union and Confederacy armies and more than 600
reenactors portraying Civil War era individuals from civilians to artillerymen.
Roaring cannons, the sounds of charging men, the beat of drums and the smell
of gunpowder will add to the glory given to Major General Samuel R. Curtis,
former mayor of Keokuk and the winning General at the Battle of Pea Ridge. The
Battle Reenactments, considered the highlights of the event by many, are
Saturday (April 25) at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday
(April 26) at 2:30 p.m.. The featured battles this year will
be the Battle of Wilson’s Creek & the Battle of Pea Ridge, Day
Experience Sutlers’ Row where Civil War era clothing and many other
sundries of interest are available for purchase. Or, stop in at their
establishments to learn more about the Civil War era. All of the reenactors at
this event are willing to share their knowledge! Sample the variety of
delicious food cooked by local organizations and vendors to tickle your
taste buds. For your listening pleasure, Chris Vallillo, Tom Roush
and the premier 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band will
be performing throughout the event. Professor Farquar brings his Great
American Medicine Show along with Polecat Annie, his tall-tale
The activities begin Thursday evening at The Grand Theatre with Chris
Vallillo presenting Abraham Lincoln in Song.
With Abraham Lincoln in Song, Vallillo combines Lincoln’s own
words and stories with period folk songs and contemporary folk music to shed
light on one of our nation’s most beloved historical figures — not only as a
remarkable leader, but as a man who knew and loved this very music himself.
Extensively researched and historically accurate, both the live show and compact
disc recording of Abraham Lincoln in Song have been endorsed by
the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the
Commissions of Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The program begins at
7:30 p.. with a wine & cheese reception to follow.
The Lee County Historical Society will once again host the Ladies
High Tea & Fashion Show on Saturday, April 25th.
This year features a bonnet workshop at 10:30 a.m., the fashion show featuring
ladies’ dresses of the 1860’s at 11:30 a.m. and the High Tea at noon. These
activities will be at the First Christian Church at 3476 Main Street.
After the Saturday battle, dance to the sounds of the
33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band during the Military
Ball. This authentic band plays the dance favorites of the 1860’s.
Re-enactors from the North and South get together to take pleasure in this
joyous occasion, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Keokuk Catholic School, 2981
Plank Road. Dancers and spectators alike are welcome to attend. Tickets to the
Military Ball are $10.00 and can be purchased at the Tourism office or at the
After a night of dancing, stop in at Rand Park’s shelter house Sunday morning
from 7 – 11 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast of pancakes and sausage prepared by the
Jackson Township Fire Department. All proceeds will go to the Keokuk Little
League. Ticket price is $5.00.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the Sunday Memorial and Church
Service at the Keokuk National Cemetery, 18th & Ridge Sts. Be a part of
a Military Memorial Salute overlooking the Civil War section of the grounds
which begins at 9:30 a.m. and come listen to the music of the 33rd Illinois
Volunteer Regiment Band in this honorable, awe-inspiring tribute.
Start the spring season right by joining us at Rand Park April
23rd – 26th for the Annual Civil War Reenactment. Be sure
to say hello to our traditional favorites The Lincolns, and take a listen
to Keokuk’s own Tom Roush , Chris Vallillo, Professor
Farquar, Polecat Annie and the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment
Band while strolling through the park. This fun-filled weekend,
sponsored in part by the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association and Humanities Iowa is
to be enjoyed by all!
For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact the Keokuk
Area Convention & Tourism Bureau at 800.383.1219, 319.524.5599 or