Civil War generals come to life
SYCAMORE – Throughout the country, museums and historic sites are marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Sycamore History Museum will host “1862” Saturday, Nov. 10. Actors portraying Generals Grant, Lee, Stuart, Thomas and Custer and Secretary of War Stanton will discuss the second year of the Civil War, a war that many thought would end quickly.
“1861” was featured last year. Each of the generals and Stanton will describe how the war changed in character, the impact of the war and high casualties. They will also explore how strategies and tactics changed in response to new technologies. Each of the generals in the show was successful in meeting the challenges of the year, whereas others fell by the wayside of history.
“We are fortunate to have such talented re-enactors in our area. General Grant, portrayed by Larry Werline, lives in Sycamore,” said Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the Sycamore History Museum. “Werline performs numerous times a year throughout the country, including appearances nearly every week in the summer at Lincoln historic sites in Springfield.”
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