At the annual Shadows of Blue and Gray Civil War re-enactment in Princeton, Ill., this weekend, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and William Sherman are scheduled to discuss their challenges and successes during the second year of the war. However, they won’t have the last word. Audience members get to play reporter and ask the generals for more details about the battle, where the other side won, or about what really did happen to that payroll money.
The two-day event also offers a battle demonstration, musket loading and firing competition, performances by the 23rd Illinois Regimental Band, Lincoln look-a-like contest, grand parade, barn dance and night canon firing.
Admission is $8 a day for ages 12 and older or $12 for a weekend pass. For ages 4 to 11, the fee is $4 for one day or $6 for both days. Children under 4 are admitted free.
Princeton, a city of about 7,000, is located 100 miles southwest of Chicago. The weekend event will take place at a park about a half-mile north of Princeton.