Civil War Days at Conner Prairie, May 16-17, 2015
By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Thousands of guests from throughout Indiana and neighboring states will be immersed in the Civil War era May 16-17, 2015, as more than 500 re-enactors will help transform Conner Prairie into the 1860s Union and Confederate camps for the weekend.
Conner Prairie’s annual Civil War Days runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Guests will be immersed in life as it was on the Hoosier homefront during the Civil War and can interact with soldiers, march in the infantry, study battle tactics with soldiers, help doctors at field hospitals, witness artillery and cavalry demonstrations and watch a daily battle between the North and the South at 2:30 p.m. each day.
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During the two-day event, Prairietown is transformed into 1863 and guests can learn about Union and Confederate camp life, battle tactics, foods of the time, technologies used during wartime, medicine and how artillery of the time worked. Guests can witness the firing of an authentic Civil War-era cannon and fire an authentic rifle. President Abraham Lincoln will be on hand to talk about his presidency and what it was like leading the country during the Civil War.
New this year, short plays will be performed each day depicting the women who served in uniform, the effect that the war had on free blacks in Indiana and how spies decoded and deciphered intercepted messages.
One feature attraction each day will be a 15-minute play titled “The Right to Fight: African American Pioneers in the Civil War,” presented in partnership with Asante Children’s Theater. Throughout the day in Featherston Barn, the play portrays life on the Roberts Settlement, the first mixed-raced settlement in Hamilton County in 1863. The families of the Roberts Settlement have survived the journey from inhospitable North Carolina and built successful farmsteads in Indiana and the Civil War may jeopardize the current lives they live.
Civil War Days are free to Conner Prairie members and with paid general admission to Conner Prairie. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, $11 for youth ages 2-10 and free for children ages 2 and under. For more, visit http://connerprairie.org/, or call 317-776-6006.
Guests are reminded that Conner Prairie’s “1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana” experience is also open throughout the weekend. The nationally acclaimed experience puts guests in the middle of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry raid on Indiana.
Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.