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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons

Saturday, August 11, 2012:  Mark and Paula went to a re-enactment of American Civil War times....circa 1861 to 1865.

Hmmm...these must be southern rebels with a rather stern commander.  Looks like Robert E. Lee!

Somewhere nearby there were Union troops.


One of the re-enactors there was Mylan Ray from KLOH Radio as seen above.

(left) The telegraph was new, but became an important part of the Civil War. 

President Abraham Lincoln used it extensively to keep in contact with military officers on the front.

Plenty of live music on hand with rousing songs like When Johnny Comes Marching Home and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Gentlemen haven't changed that much over the years.
Music was played live as it was back in the day.

A mighty good looking ham being cooked over a camp fire.

A local commercial photographer was there to demonstrate camera technology from the Civil War era.

On the left is the photo of a gunman.  On the right is the same photo, still in a developing tray, taken with a vintage camera.  Note that the image is reversed left to right.  That was the state of the art at that time. 

Then there was a battle between the north and the south.  Black powder gun smoke everywhere.

Many men died before the south won the day.

There were many more battles before the conflict was over.

Some 82% of the 1st Minnesota Regiment was killed or injured during the war.

Then it was off to the Pipestone Performing Arts Center.  A sell-out crowd was present.

President Lincoln and his wife Mary spoke to the group about life in the 1860's and the Civil War,

There was a standing ovation after Mr. Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

Quote of the day:  A wonderful presentation by the Lincolns.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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