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PIPESTONE — Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors from the upper Midwest, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado will attend the Pipestone Civil War Days on Saturday and Sunday at the Hiawatha Avenue Park with the gates opening at 8 a.m. both days. 

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Soldier’s camps will be open to the public to visit, and re-enactors will be available to discuss their roles in the war. Occasional scrimmages will occur during the day, culminating with a battle each afternoon.

“The camps are even placed where they would be if it was the real battle,” said Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mick Myers.

“For the Confederate camp, it is placed at the bottom of the hill at the park, and during the war it was known that the Confederate army would set up camp in more unkempt areas,” Myers explained.

“In contrast, the north always chose nice areas that were up on a hill, and the grounds were always linear and well-maintained, so that is where the Union camp will be is up more toward the top of the hill,” Myers said.

The two camps will charge into battle in the middle of the park at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Myers explained that the event has “evolved over the years,” and Civil War Days is packed full of events for the nearly 3,000 people the festival draws in. The weekend will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a special concert by the 97th Regimental Band at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center.

“The 97th Regimental Band is a band out of Florida (that) re-creates an actual string band of the Civil War era. They will be here throughout the weekend playing at different events, but the concert on Friday is a way to begin the festivities,” Myers said.

The 97th Regimental Band will also play at the Civil War Ball Saturday evening on the Pipestone County Courthouse lawn.

“The Civil War Ball is a fun event where all the soldiers and ladies dress up in their finest attire and dance to traditional music,” Myers said.

If you don’t know the traditional Civil War era dances, don’t worry, the band and soldiers will teach all who attend a few classic dances.

The Pipestone Civil War Days will also be honored with the presence of the President and Mrs. Lincoln. President Lincoln will review the troops, discuss the causes and effects of the Civil War, assess the Battle of Gettysburg and give a press conference on the State of the Union during the difficult war years.

“They are very personable and will talk to anyone at the fairgrounds,” Myers said of the couple.

“On Saturday, there will be an ‘Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln’ at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, and the show they put on is fabulous,” Myers said.

In addition to all the programs and the battles, people walking around the fairgrounds can expect to see school in session, songs of the Civil War, magic shows, the Faire Wynds Medicine Show, a Civil War era baseball game, as well as a variety of food and craft vendors.

“Civil War Days isn’t dry history — it’s teaching history with a lot of fun,” Myers said.

The Civil War Days schedule is as follows:

Friday

7:30 p.m.: 97th Regimental Band Concert at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center

Saturday

8 a.m.: Gates open

9:15 a.m.: “A Child’s Life in the Civil War” at Dixie; Phrenology at Sharpsburg, Magic Show at Shiloh, Jim Two Crows at Doctor’s Office

9:45 a.m.: “Songs of the Civil War” at Winchester; Quilting at Cedar Creek; “Mason & Dixon,” at Sharpsburg

10 a.m.: Funeral program at Dixie; Hot air ballooning at Shiloh

10:15 a.m.: Mrs. Henry Sibley’s Tea at Ford’s Theater; the “Daily Life of Women” at Sharpsburg; Medical program at the Doctor’s Office; Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

10:45 a.m.: “Lincoln on Gettysburg,” at Winchester; School time at Cedar Creek; “The Battle of Allatoona,” at Shiloh

11 a.m.: “Letters from Home” at Dixie; Jim Two Crows at the Doctor’s Office

11:30 a.m.: “The Daily Life of Women,” at Dixie; Railroads at Winchester; Phrenology at Sharpsburg; Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

11:45 a.m.: Women’s fashions at Ford’s Theater; Knitting at Cedar Creek; “Mary Lincoln Divided Families,” at Shiloh

Noon: “Mason & Dixon,” at Sharpsburg; Medical Program at the Doctor’s Office

12:15 p.m.: “Lincoln Mankato Trail,” at Winchester

12:30 p.m.: Railroads at Dixie; Women’s fans at Shiloh

1 p.m.: “Songs of the Civil War,” at Winchester; School time at Cedar Creek; the “Daily Life of Women,” at Sharpsburg; Magic show at Shiloh; Jim Two Crows at the Doctor’s Office; Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

1:15 p.m.: “A Child’s Life in the Civil War,” at Dixie

2 p.m.: The 97th Regimental Band Concert at Winchester

3 to 4 p.m.: Battle all throughout the park

4 p.m.: Funeral program at Dixie; Ballroom dance lessons at Ford’s Theater; Phrenology at Sharpsburg; Women’s Fans at Shiloh; Faire Wynds at Seven Winds

8 to 10 p.m.: Civil War Ball at the Pipestone County Courthouse lawn

Sunday

8 a.m.: Church service at Winchester

9 a.m.: Phrenology at Sharpsburg

9:15 a.m.: “Songs of the Civil War,” at Winchester; Woodcarving at Shiloh

9:30 a.m.: “A Child’s Life in the Civil War,” at Dixie; Medical program at the Doctor’s Office

9:45 a.m.: “Mason & Dixon,” at Sharpsburg

10 a.m.: Funeral program at Dixie; “Abe Lincoln Emancipation,” at Winchester; Quilting at Cedar Creek; Hot air ballooning at Shiloh

10:15 a.m.: Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

10:30 a.m.: Woodcarving at the Doctor’s Office

10:45 a.m.: Women’s fashions at Ford’s Theater

11 a.m.: “Abe Lincoln and his Cabinet,” at Winchester; “Fifth Minnesota Dakota Conflict,” at Shiloh; Medical program at the Doctor’s Office

11:15 a.m.: Railroads at Dixie; Phrenology at Sharpsburg

11:45 a.m.: “Songs of the Civil War,” at Winchester; Knitting at Cedar Creek; “Mason & Dixon,” at Sharpsburg

Noon: “Letters from Home,” at Dixie; Mrs. Henry Sibley’s Tea at Ford’s Theater; “Daily Life of Women,” at Doctor’s Office; Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

12:15 p.m.: “The Battle of Allatoona,” at Shiloh

12:30 p.m.: “Minnesota & the War,” at Sharpsburg; “Medicine of the South,” at the Doctor’s Office

1 p.m.: The 97th Regimental Band Concert at Winchester

2 to 3 p.m.: Battle all throughout the park

3 p.m.: Funeral program at Dixie; “Mason & Dixon,” at Sharpsburg; Faire Wynds at Seven Pines

For more information and even more activities to participate in visit www.pipestoneminnesota.com/cwd/events.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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