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Civil War comes to McIver State Park

The Northwest Civil War Council will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War as it presents a full re-enactment at Milo McIver State park on Sept. 24-25.

This is the last public event of the year for the council, and it could feature as many as 600 re-enactors presenting living conditions and circumstances of 1863 as well as battle re-enactments featuring artillery, infantry and cavalry. Re-enactors also will speak in the manner and etiquette of the mid-19th century, journal about their experiences and work in the first-person at all events.

The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with battles scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Along with battles, the event features demonstrations including medical practices, music, artillery and cavalry, a daily fashion show and hundreds of tents displaying common lifestyles of the era.

Admission is just $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and children, but that does not include the park's day use fee.

The Northwest Civil War Council is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to educating the public about the American Civil War. Active membership is more than 1,000 people from all over the Northwest who participate in numerous events throughout the year.