A 3 day event to mark the 150th anniversary is in the planning stages. More activities will be posted as they become finalized along with specific times.
Please mark your calendar to attend, March 28-30, 2014.
Saturday September 28, 2013
Charleston Riot 150th Annivesary Fundraiser Charleston IL Moose Lodge
615 7th Street Beef and Noodle Dinner
Tickets availaible at the door
"Official President Lincoln of the Charleston Riot"
Meet Joe Woodard
Illinois Historical Society History Symposium
March 27 and 28, 2014
"Civil War, Copperheads, Contraband and Rebirth of Freedom" In conjunction with the Charleston Riot activities
*please visit Illinois Historical Society website for details
Charleston Riot 150th Anniversary Friday- March 28, 2014 3:00 pm Event kick off, with wreath laying at the site of the Charleston Riot marker on the square by descendants of participants.
Civil War Encampment begins. * 7:30 pm (site tba) Opening of original Play,
"A Question of Loyalty"written for the event by Earl Halbe
Saturday- March 29, 2014 9:00am Union Soldiers begin march from the Mattoon Armory arriving at Coles County Fairgrounds.
11:00am Troops arrival greeted by 33rd Volunteer Regimental Band and "President Lincoln" Joe Woodard Historical Tours of the Charleston Square
Home Tour of Historic Civil War Era Homes
Historical Tours of Old City and Mound Cemeteries, where participants are buried. 12:30 pm Speakers series begins at the Coles County Courthouse Michael Kleen author of "Tales of Coles County" Guy Fraker author of "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency" R. Eden Martin author and descendant of John R. Eden
Book signings by Lincoln/Coles County History authors
Civil War Encampment continues Vendors selling period crafts and antiques around the square
Activities at local historical sites, Lincoln Log Cabin, Shiloh Cemetery, Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum, 5 Mile House, Oakland IL Rutherford House
5:00-10:00pm Charleston Riot Dinner
The Charleston Moose Lodge Keynote Speaker: Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar
Information about tickets will be coming in the next few months.
Entertainment by The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band
Sunday March 30, 2014 Cemetery and Square Tours continue
Vendors around the square
Period Music 1200:pm Speakers series at Charleston Public Library prior to Charleston Riot Reenactment Speakers: Dr. Bob Sampson, retired University of Illinois Professor Dr. John Scott Parkinson, Assistant Professor of History Ball State University Dr. Peter Barry, Retired University of Illinois Professor and author of " The Charleston Illinois Riot, March 28, 1864" Harold Holzer, Senior VP of External Affairs for the Metropolitan
Museum of Art New York, Lincoln Scholar and author of "How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America" 3:00pm Live Reenactmentof The Charleston Illinois Riot
*Are you interested in joining
The Civil War Encampment? Contact Western Federal Blues Encampment Schedule March 29-30, 2014
Visitors Welcome to view activites Saturday: 0600 Revelry
0700 Depart for trip to Mattoon
0900 Step off from Mattoon Armory for march to Charleston
1100 Arrival at Coles County Fairgrounds
1200 Mess Call
1300 Battalion Drill- company drill
1430 Guard Mounts
1700 Dress Parade
1830 Supper Call
Sunday: 0700 Revelry
0800 Breakfast Call
1030 Church Service
1200 Mess Call
1300 Nap sack inspection
1500 Charleston IL Riot on Courthouse Square
If you are a descendant of a participant, we would like to hear from you. Please contact
Ann Winkler Hinrichs @ Annewc615@aol.com
We are seeking vendors who would be interested in selling period (1860's) antiques and crafts. Please contact Ann at the above email address
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