A 3 day event to mark the 150th anniversary of
The Charleston Illinois Riot between Union Soldiers home on leave and those opposed to the War known as Copperheads. This Historic Event in Coles County History involved many friends and family of President Abraham Lincoln.
Please mark your calendar to attend, March 28-30, 2014.
Governor Pat Quinn has declared
"Charleston Riot Days"
in the State of Illinois
We are committed to offering a family friendly weekend, all the activities around the square will be free to the public. (exception is the Anniversary dinner) If you would like to help us accomplish this, tax deductible donations may be sent to the address below,
or donate online now.
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Charleston Riot Committee 520 Jackson Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Sunday March 16th 2:00pmCharleston Carnegie Library Rotary Room "Coles County In the Civil War" Learn about the life of a Civil War Soldier. Civil War weapons also will be on display
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. If you are a descendant, please contact us and let us know if you will be present by Monday March 24, 2014
Charleston Mayor Rennels will read City and State Proclamations
Civil War Encampment begins. * Fall Creek Suttlery
Ron Jones and Terry Thomann, Tin Type Photographers
7:00pm " A Visit With Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln"
Charleston Bible Church
2605 University Drive
Offerings go to support the Charleston Christian Academy
Displays of Charleston Riot artifacts and Civil War artifacts will be throughout the Charleston Carnegie Library all weekend.
"Seven Score and Ten Years Years Ago: The Stories and Memories of the Charleston IL Riot" presented by EIU Public History Class will also be displayed.
Saturday- March 29, 2014 9:00am
Square activities begin
Food and Craft vendors open on the square
Shuttle bus service begins from Fairgrounds to sites
Old Time Medicine Show throughout the day: Sandford Lee presents Professor Farquar
Guided Historical Tours of the Charleston Square
12pm and 2pm
Charleston Courthouse and Tunnel Tours
(on the National Register of Historic Places)
Tin Type Photography
Guided Historical Tours of
11am and 1pm Old City Cemetery
3 pm Mound Cemetery
where participants are buried.
Illinois State Genealogical Society will be on site at the Charleston Library Rotary Room Saturday and on the square Sunday to answer the question for you, "was my ancestor in the Civil War?"
10:00am-4:00pmHistoric House Tour 821 Monroe, built in 1836 by Charles Morton
106 Harrison, built in 1864 by Robert Hodgen.
The home was built from clay from Hodgen's pond.
200 Harrison, built in 1870's 948 Sixth Street, built in 1863 by Colonel J.A. Connelly
Connelly was a member of the honor guard at the
funeral of President Lincoln. He later was elected to
the Illinois State Legislator and was appointed
U.S. District Attorney for Southern IL
895 Seventh Street,
built in 1892 by Charles D. Mitchell, well known
Charleston architect. The home Queen Anne style home is on the
National Register of Historic Places
*recommended for ages 16 and above
11:00amTroops arrival and Rally at the Coles County
greeted by 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band,
Mayor Larry Rennels as 1864 Mayor Eli Wiley will be our MC
Come sing some Civil War Songs!
"President Lincoln" Joe Woodard
State Rep. Brad Halbrook will read the State
US Congressman John Shimkus
12:00pm"A Visit With Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln"
For children at the Charleston Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. B.F. McClerren present
12:30-4:30 pm Speakers series at the Coles County Courthouse 12:30pmCourtroom #1 Room #296
Guy Frakerauthor of "Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency" Presents: "Lincoln, Linder and Ficklin:Law and Politics"
1:30-2:30 Courtroom #3 Room #242 Michael Kleen author of "Tales of Coles County"
Presents: "The Copperhead Threat in Illinois: Peace
Democrats, Loyalty Leagues, and the Charleston Riot of 1864"
2:30-3:30 Courtroom #1 Room #296 R. Eden Martin author and descendant of
Congressman John R. Eden who was to speak at a rally the day of the Riot
3:30-4:30 Courtroom #3 Room #242
Trial and Tribulations the Matsen Slave Trials
Book signings by Lincoln/Coles County History authors
throughout the day at Pensees Bookshop on the square
1:00-2:30pm33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs at the Gazebo corner of 6th and Monroe
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy
1:30 pmCamp Grant Historical Marker by the State of Illinois Presentation. Corner of Logan and Shelby
Civil War Encampment continues
5:00pmActivities on the square close Shuttle Bus service stops
5:30-10:00pm Charleston Riot Dinner $30.00
The Charleston Moose Lodge
Keynote Speaker: Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar
Get your tickets online or at the Recreation Department in
City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave, Charleston, IL.
Entertainment by The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental
Band; Introductions by President Lincoln (Joe Woodard) * Period Dress is Optional
Sunday March 30, 2014 9:00 am
Self Guided Cemetery Tours
Courthouse and tunnel Tours
Vendors around the square
Sandford Lee presents, Professor Farquar and Pole Cat Annie
10:00 amGuided Tour of the Square
12:00-2:45pmSpeakers series at Charleston Public Library prior to Charleston Riot Reenactment Speakers: Dr. Bob Sampson, Author and Historian Dr. John Scott Parkinson, Assistant Professor of History
Ball State University Dr. Robert Sterling, Retired Professor of History,
Eastern Ilinois University 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 Bring your own lawn chairs
5:00 pm Original Play, "A Question of Loyalty"written
for the event by Earl Halbe Charleston Christian Church
411 Jackson Avenue
*Are you interested in joining
The Civil War Encampment? Contact Western Federal Blues Encampment Schedule March 29-30, 2014
Visitors Welcome to view activities 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
* all events are subject to change or cancellation
If you are a descendant of a participant, we would like to hear from you. Please contact
Ann Winkler Hinrichs @ Annewc615@aol.com
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We are adding more events on a monthly basis, so please check back with us for updates.
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The Charleston Illinois Riot: March 28, 1864
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