Civil War Encampment
Next Civil War Encampment will be August 24-25, 2013. In 2008, to help celebrate Stevens Point's 150th Anniversary the Encampment was moved to Stevens Point's Pfiffner Pioneer Park on the river front.
The American Civil War raged across this country from April 12, 1861 until June 23, 1865 Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 12, 1865). It has remained the largest armed conflict fought on American soil.
Many persons interested in this conflict gather around this country to reenact parts of this conflict. We are happy to host one of these historic events. While our encampment does not represent any particular event of the Civil War it does give the visitor an idea of how the Union and Confederate soldiers lived and what some of their equipment looked like.
In 2006 Sam Solberg, PCHS Director and member of the King Civil War Round Table, made arrangements to have members of the Camp 8 Sons of Veterans of the Union Civil War, McAllister's Battery encamp at Heritage Park and bring two cannons.
McAllister's Battery, also known as the 1st Illinois Light Artillery, earned its place in history on the first day of the battle of Shiloh in Tennessee on April 6, 1862.
Aerial view of the Union cannons on the "square" next to the Church Museum at Heritage Park, Plover Wisconsin in 2006.
View 2006 photos. (13 photos)
In 2007 the Confederate Army joined us. Jeb Stuart's 1st Virginia, Company "C" Light Horse Artillery brought their two reproduction mountain howitzers.
Cannon on right is a pack howitzer designed to be carried by one horse. Cannon on left is a prairie trail howitzer.
(Notice the wider spread of the wheels.) This was designed to be pulled by one horse.
- The Light Horse Artillery practice firing and than live fire. (7:36 minutes)
- Night Fire! (4:36 minutes)
- 1st Illinois Light Artillery. (1:42 minutes)
2008 up to Present
Our 2008 Encampment was moved to Pfiffner Park in Stevens Point to celecbrate that City's 150th Anniversary. See photos for 2008 - 2011 here.
Encampment of 2011 was also at Pfiffner Park.