Naper Settlement is transformed into a Civil War encampment where visitors can meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Hundreds of reenactors participate, staging a battle complete with raging cannons and marching infantry.
Below President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis (the President of the Confederate States during the Civil War 1861-1865) bantering on the porch.
Lincoln this time with Harriet Tubman (you will see her shortly on the new $20 bills.
The authenticity of the clothing, hats, belts, shoes, and even eye glasses were true to the times. One gentleman told me he bought the original 1860's glasses and then had his optometrist place his prescription in them. They don't skimp on any details. The men all seemed to have beards and/or long hair.
Don't you love the old pipe??
I just love taking pictures of people who are unaware that they are being photographed. This experience was akin to street photography but the reenactors were quite cognizant that they were being shot.....oh no, I used that no no word.
Ulysses S. Grant posed for me. Being a Union military hero during the Civil War and then serving 2 terms as President of the United States he most certainly deserves a regal pose (cigar and all).
There were women in their long dresses and bonnets.
Couples dressed in their finery....
And this dandy with his top hat, cigar, weskit (that might be just a hair too tight) and a pocket watch.
There were even children wearing their cute frocks with pinafores.
The soldiers....all wearing wool jackets and pants (temps were warm, sweat was dripping).
And then the battle, you didn't know who would win this skirmish, entitled the Battle of Naperville until the very end. It appeared the Union was winning, but then the Confederates made a bold move forward to victory.
What a difficult time this was in the history of the US. An estimated 620,000 men were casualties during the Civil War, neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother. These dedicated reenactors keep this part of history alive, calling on us to remember this tragic and desperate time.