Civil War Days

May 17 & 18, 2014
Included with paid general admission
Free for members and youth under two
Reenactors: Visit the Reenactor web page for registration and information. Registration begins February 15.

Get ready for Confederate and Union camps to take over Conner Prairie! Visit with everyday men and women to immerse yourself in what life was like on the Hoosier homefront during wartime. You'll discover the state of medicine, weapons, war technology, and embalming as it existed during the Civil War. Meet Abraham Lincoln throughout the day. Witness a thrilling battle reenactment featuring Civil War reenactors from across the country each day too.

Battle Re-enactment: 2:30 p.m.
Grab your viewing spot early for the action-packed battle featuring soldiers fighting on foot and on horseback.

1863 Prairietown
For this weekend only, 1836 Prairietown has become 1863 Prairietown.   Visit Prairietown 27 years later to experience what life was like in an Indiana town during the Civil War. 

Infantry Drills
See how an army prepared for battle by watching soldiers practice their drills.

Abraham Lincoln 
Enjoy a live presentation with Abraham Lincoln himself as he shares with you facts about his presidency and what it was like leading the country during this tumultuous time.

Storyteller's Drum
Hear about the important role Colored Troops played during the Civil War and hear first-hand accounts of what the war was like from their perspective.

Mrs. President: A Visit With Mary Todd Lincoln
Come visit with Mary Todd Lincoln as she discusses her life living in the White House. Learn her views on the Civil War and how her family was affected. She will discuss the unfortunate loss of her 11 year old son Willie and why she is always embroiled in controversy.

Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Ladies, can you pass the surgeon’s “physical exam” and become a secretive female soldier? Did you know it was completely unacceptable for women to be in the military during the Civil War? Meet Jenny Hodgers from the 95th Illinois, who served throughout the war and retained the male identity the rest of her life.

Music and the Civil War
Listen for the bugler’s call for they are the camp alarm clock, timekeeper, loudspeaker in camp, and “radio communications” on the battlefield.

Music played an intricate part on both sides of the conflict. Listen to Colonel Armstrong’s Rusty Musket band as they boost morale of their fellow soldiers while Emily Ann Thompson plays beautiful parlor music to soothe tense nerves.

View photos from Civil War Days 2013.