Civil War reenactment – Dollinger Farm Minooka

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Civil War Days

At least a few times a year I end up on assignment at an event I wish I would have done a “take your kids to work day.” Last October that was when the Joliet Herald News sent me to Channahon to cover the Civil Wars Days, a two day reenactment of a civil war battle, at Dollinger Farms. Most of the reenactors actually camp on the farm and they have tents selling goods and stuff in a main area where pumpkins and other fun family stuff can be done.

Below are some photos that did and didn’t make the paper and online gallery.

So, a year later I’m off to take the kids, this time not on assignment, but to see the civil war come to life.

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Flames shoot out of a cannon as reenactors portray Confederate soldiers during Civil War Days at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Flames shoot out of a cannon as reenactors portray Confederate soldiers during Civil War Days at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, Oct. 17, 2015.

VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media The tents and encampments at Civil War Days at Dollinger Family Farm were not just for show, Oct. 17, 2015. More than a few reenactors talked about the below freezing temperatures from the night before.
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The tents and encampments at Civil War Days at Dollinger Family Farm were not just for show, Oct. 17, 2015. More than a few reenactors talked about the below freezing temperatures from the night before.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media Tools of the trade on the table in the brigade headquarters tent just off of the battlefield, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Tools of the trade on the table in the brigade headquarters tent just off of the battlefield, Oct. 17, 2015.
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A campfire on the Union side.
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Life in a Union reenactment camp.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media Martin Shaw of Crest Hill congratulates colleague at the end of the battle reenactment that was held at Dollinger Family Farm, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Martin Shaw of Crest Hill congratulates colleague at the end of the battle reenactment that was held at Dollinger Family Farm, Oct. 17, 2015.

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From the facial hair to their boots, most of the reenactors keep true to form for the entire weekend. Oct. 17, 2015.
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 From the facial hair to their boots, most of the reenactors keep true to form for the entire weekend. Oct. 17, 2015.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media Confederate reenactors fire upon their fellow reenactors on the Union side, Oct. 17, 2015. The battle reenactment took place at Dollinger Family Farm.
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Confederate reenactors fire upon their fellow reenactors on the Union side, Oct. 17, 2015. The battle reenactment took place at Dollinger Family Farm.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media Union Army reenactors march towards their starting position, as a Civil War battle reenactment is about to get underway at Dollinger Family Farm, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Union Army reenactors march towards their starting position, as a Civil War battle reenactment is about to get underway at Dollinger Family Farm, Oct. 17, 2015.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media Confederate reenactors at one of the cannons wait, as a battle reenactment is about to get under way, Oct. 17, 2015. The event took place in one of the fields at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon.
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Confederate reenactors at one of the cannons wait, as a battle reenactment is about to get under way, Oct. 17, 2015. The event took place in one of the fields at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon.
VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media The flag of the United State of America is presented at the beginning of the Civil War reenactment as all participants & viewers recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Oct. 17, 2015.
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The flag of the United State of America is presented at the beginning of the Civil War reenactment as all participants & viewers recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Confederate & Union Civil War reenactors gather in the middle of the battlefield before the start of the event, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Confederate & Union Civil War reenactors gather in the middle of the battlefield before the start of the event, Oct. 17, 2015.

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VINCENT D. JOHNSON - For Shaw Media The first version of the Confederate Flag flaps in the wind as it hangs over the artillery division during the Civil War reenactment at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, Oct. 17, 2015.
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The first version of the Confederate Flag flaps in the wind as it hangs over the artillery division during the Civil War reenactment at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, Oct. 17, 2015.
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