Civil War encampment, battle at Wade House

Wade House historic site in Greenbush will commemorate the Civil War by staging one of the largest Civil War encampments and battle re-enactments in Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Sunday)

In a scene reminiscent of what took place during the Civil War, cavalry, artillery and infantry representing both sides of the conflict will conduct demonstrations at 11 a.m. each day, followed by a fullscale battle at 2 p.m. In between the action, visitors will be able to access the battlefield to get an up-close look at the men, horses and equipment that bring the American Civil War to life.

On Saturday and Sunday, guests to the Wade House will have a chance to listen to our nation's 16th president, brought to life by one of America's premier Abraham Lincoln presenters, Fritz Klein, as he shares his concerns about the ferocious fighting, the overall war effort, and the trials to come. Wayne Issleb, who will be appearing as General Ulysses S. Grant, will also entertain visitors. Guests will be able to visit General Grant's headquarters complete with telegraph at the Union Camp. There will also be performances by Chris Vallillo, a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician, who makes the people and places of the Civil War come to life in song. Besides enjoying Civil War music from the battlefield and home front, visitors will be able to explore a soldier's life in camp, and learn about military life through hands-on activities in the family area.

Food and shopping are available. A variety of period merchants, called sutlers, will be displaying their wares. During your visit, plan to tour the Wade House Stagecoach Hotel, Herrling Sawmill, Dockstader Blacksmith Shop and the new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, all of which are included in the day's admission.

Visitors will begin this special experience in Greenbush with parking just off Center Street.


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