SANDWICH – Eric Terlep of Sandwich never had attended a historical re-enactment before visiting the Company H 10th Illinois Infantry living history encampment at James Knights Park, 1001 N. Latham St., in Sandwich last year. This past weekend, Terlep wore a wool coat, brought his musket and joined the ranks as one of the infantry’s more than 12 re-enactors. On Friday, about 380 Sandwich elementary and middle school students attended the living history encampment. “I’m not a teacher; I’m a software engineer, and I love being able to share my love of history with the children,” Terlep said. “The kids have so much fun and are excited to learn. By participating in the re-enactment, we’re keeping history alive and doing the soldiers honor.” The encampment shows students and the community what the daily life of a Civil War soldier was like, from cooking and receiving medical attention to sleeping in tents and firing black powder muskets. This year’s encampment included tents, historical artifacts and replicas, and demonstrations of marching, musket firing, wartime medical treatments and embalming methods. The re-enactment group has been hosting the annual event since 2001. It hosts the event the weekend closest to April 19, which is… Read full this story
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