Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment

Where: Lake Pittsfield, IL Route 107
When: June 4-5, 2022

This year in observants of our 20th year, Lincoln Days will be honoring the 200th anniversary of General U.S. Grant's birthday. (April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio)

In honor of Grant and the Pike County men that fought under his command at Vicksburg, MS in 1863 we will be recreating the assault by the 99th Illinois Infantry on May 22, 1863.

Vicksburg was well protected on the west by the Mississippi River. However, they were not protected to the east. In 1862 Confederate engineer Major Samuel H. Lockett designed and built a 15-mile line of fortifications and obstructions.

On May 22, 1863, Grant ordered an assault upon the Confederate line at dawn with artillery fire all along the Confederate line. At 10:00 the infantry would begin their assault over a 3-mile front. Over the next hours several Union regiments would plant their flags upon the Confederate works only to be repulsed. The day belonged to the Confederates with Union losses totaling over 3,000 men. The losses of the 99th Illinois totaled 102.

You’ll have a front row seat as Civil War battles rage all weekend long. The armies of both the Union and the Confederacy will battle it out throughout this 480-acre site along the shores of lovely Lake Pittsfield. Explore the encampments surrounding the battlefield for a rare glimpse into the life of the soldiers, officers, doctors, and others who served on the front lines of the War Between the States. Watch as the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy conduct the various formations, commands and firing as they did during the war.

Talk with President Lincoln, General Grant, and General Lee. Save your seat for the ladies’ fashion show, take part in a variety of children’s games and crafts, or join other worshippers as part of a Sunday morning period church service. Featured musical entertainment, activities, and demonstrations will capture the spirit of Lincoln’s life and times.

Pittsfield Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactors

Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment has been designated a Looking for Lincoln Signature Event by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.