Pike County, Illinois brings the Civil War-era back to life

The Union lost Sunday's battle

It was the second and last day of the annual Lincoln Days re-enactment in Pike County, Illinois Sunday.

This battle at Lake Pittsfield took spectators back in time to the Civil War-era.

"I bring my children here. I have a great love for this country and for the people who have served and laid down their lives so that we could be free," Christine Henthorn, a Griggsville resident said.

Henthorn brought her kids to this re-enactment to show them the truth behind the stories in their history books.

"I think the kids need to be reminded, every year, every holiday whether it's Memorial Day or July 4th, Veterans Day, what people have done for us," Henthorn said.

She's not the only parent who uses this event to educate their kids.

"As good as some books can be, there is nothing as good as live action like this. And so I know, I brought my six-year-old daughter, my 11-year-old son with me and this is their third or fourth year being here," state Sen. Sam McCann said. "And they very much look forward to this. This is one of the events they look most forward to in the district."

If you watch or participate in this re-enactment, you're guaranteed to learn something new about the Civil War-era.

"It's very important for us to know our heritage and to understand how tough it really did get at that time," McCann said.

For everyone who puts on a uniform and picks up a rifle, it helps them remember how important this time-period was to shaping our country's future.

"It's a lot of fun. Basically, what we aim to do is teach the public, educate the public," Robert Tynan, a Union standard trooper re-enactor said. "And as long as we're doing that, this is all just playground out here. That's fun for us, but what we really aim to do is preserve the history of our country and why we do this is that reason."

For Henthorn, the sight of surrender reminds her to never forget the men and woman who have served our country.

I think right now, in the state of America, that we are losing our historical roots," Henthron said. "We're losing the idea of what people have done on our behalf and what this nation was founded upon."

This re-enactment is not modeled after any particular battle.

It is a way to demonstrate the different battle techniques that were used during the Civil War.

The event is also aimed at honoring our veterans.

More than 200 attended Sunday TMs re-enactment.