A 3 day event to mark the 150th anniversary of
The Charleston Illinois Riot. More activities will be posted as they become finalized along with specific times.
Please mark your calendar to attend, March 28-30, 2014.
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 ductible donations may be sent to the address below, or dontate online now.
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Charleston Riot Committee 520 Jackson Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
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 (email@example.com)
Civil War Encampment begins. *
7:30 pm Original Play, "A Question of Loyalty"written
for the event by Earl Halbe
Charleston Christian Church
411 Jackson Avenue
Saturday- March 29, 2014 8:00am Union Soldiers begin march from Sarah Bush Lincoln
North Parking lot the Coles County Fairgrounds.
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 Historical Tours of the Charleston Square
Charleston Courthouse and Tunnel
Period Music throughout the day,at the Gazebo on
the NW corner of 6th and Monroe
Tin Type Photography
Historical Tours of Old City and Mound Cemeteries,
where participants are buried.
Illinois State Genealogical Society will be there 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
11:00am Troops arrival at the Coles County Fairgrounds
greeted by 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band,
"President Lincoln" Joe Woodard and
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"
2:30-3:30 Courtroom #1 Room #296 R. Eden Martin author and descendant of
Congressman John R. Eden
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
1:00-2:30pm 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs at the Gazebo corner of 6th and Monroe
Civil War Encampment continues
5:00pm Activities on the square close
5:00-10:00pm 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)
Sunday March 30, 2014 9:00 am
Cemetery and Square Tours continue
Vendors around the square
Sandford Lee presents, Professor Farquar and Pole Cat Annie
12:00-2:45pm Speakers 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
*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
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.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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