When we look at our nation's history, the years during the Civil War are mostly portrayed as violent and bloody. 620-thousand Americans died.
But during those same years, an art form flourished and is being carried on today by a group in central Illinois.
Bob Jacobs tells their story in our Postcard from Home.
In Metamora, there's another story told about the period, one of civility, courtly manners and dance. The Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society Performers has been a social group for a little more than 3 years ago.
Jean Myers says they are re-enactors but they are re-enactors that capture the dance at that time.
The Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society Performers meets the first and third Mondays of the month at the GAR Hall in Peoria and anyone is welcome to learn and it is free.