The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

September 21, 2012

A little lesson in our history

DANVILLE — This weekend’s Civil War re-enactment at Kennekuk County Park continues to grow as one of the area’s favorite events, thanks in large part to the efforts of its sponsors and members of the Illiana Civil War Roundtable.

This year’s edition will feature the traditional re-enacted battles, the soldiers’ camps and fancy ball on Saturday. More artillery pieces will add some punch to the festivities, and a special singer who features music from the Civil War era will perform Saturday and Sunday.

The participants in the re-enactment and the visitors it attracts also will add some punch to the local economy. Any event that brings people to Vermilion County holds the potential to help merchants. And the larger the event becomes, the larger the potential revenue becomes.

This event, however, is more than just a fun weekend in beautiful Kennekuk County Park.

Civil War re-enactments also teach their audience some of the lessons of harsh life in the 1860s.

During this time when American notes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some mention was made earlier this week about the battle at Antietam. In a single day, more than 23,000 soldiers fell during the fighting, with nearly 6,000 of them killed.

Happily, those who “fall” during this weekend’s re-enacted battles will join their comrades when the shooting quiets. But the lesson s they can teach will linger.

Find some time this weekend to go out to Kennekuk and enjoy the day. And you just might learn a little something in the process.

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