Civil War Days takes Bloomington residents back into history

By Chad Weber

July 21, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Residents in Bloomington took a step back into history.

The Civil War Days continued Sunday, hosted on the lawn of the David Davis mansion.

The event commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

It featured re-enactments, historical demonstrations, and even cannon firings.

Civil War re-enactor Mark McBride said the goal of event is to provide family fun and education.

"Very few people know a whole lot about the Civil War," said McBride. "Everybody knows Abraham Lincoln. Everybody knows General Grant and everybody knows General Lee. But most people don't have any idea what the average common solider went through. These guys had to live in terrible conditions and that's what we try to educate the public on."

The Civil War Days event in Bloomington will held for two more years to commemorate each year until the end of the war 150 years ago.

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