Civil War Grand Ball set for March 11

BELVIDERE—Civil War aficionados and history buffs are invited to the Sixth Annual Civil War Grand Ball, to be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at the Belvidere Community Complex, 111 West St., Belvidere.

Tickets are available at the door, $2 adults, $1 children. The event is a fund-raiser for the Marengo Park District.

Music will be provided by Mean Mary & Frank James of Nashville, Tenn. Put your dancing shoes on! Other attractions include Civil War displays, souvenirs and a silent auction. Light refreshments will be provided, and donations are appreciated.

According to John S. Keating of the Civil War Committee, the Civil War displays will include medical equipment, ladies’ clothing, miniatures of muskets, carbines, pistols, uniforms, cavalry and artillery pieces displays.

Souvenirs will be available to purchase. These include historical documents, recruiting posters, battle maps, newspapers, miniature artillery pieces, flags, reproductions of currency and coins, reproductions of Harper’s Weekly, medallions of Lee, Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Union Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, Confederate Generals Jeb Stuart and Stonewall Jackson, among others. Also available are kids’ canteens and kepis (military caps) and books about cooking, soldiers’ prayers, letters home and much more.

Special guests will appear as the following characters: Scott Whitney of Winnebago as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant; Tom Peacock of Caledonia as Gen. George A. Custer; Bill Hartgrove of Lockport as Sen. Stephen Douglas; and Jerry Kowalski of Elmhurst as Gen. George Thomas.

This event will be hosted by the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery, Battery G, Friends of the Civil War, the Army of the Cumberland and Camp Douglas. It is sponsored by the City of Marengo and the Marengo Park District.

The purpose is a fund-raiser for the upcoming 7th Annual Civil War Reenactment to be held in Marengo at Indian Oaks Park Sept. 15-17. This is educational entertainment for all. Meet with the men of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery headquartered in Stillman Valley, Ill. This is the nation’s premier Civil War artillery battery and has been featured in many TV specials and movies such as Gettysberg, Andersonville and others.

The public is encouraged to learn and participate in the Virginia Reel. Don’t worry, the re-enactors will help you along. Also, visit “Mad Jack O’Leary’s Tavern” where regular and diet root beer, creme soda, black cherry soda and Pennsylvania Dutch hard stick candy are for sale.

For more information, contact John Keating at (815) 544-0874.

From the March 8-14, 2006, issue

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