The DuSable Museum of African American History

2nd Annual Civil War Family Day

2nd Annual Civil War Family Day

2nd Annual Civil War Family Day: The Battle of Nashville

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Battle of Nashville which took place during the Civil War. The Battle of Nashville is often recognized as one of history’s most successful campaigns. The Battle is also noted for the significant role played by the United States Colored Troops. After being called upon to lead the initial attack the Colored Units were instrumental in helping to break the will of the Confederacy and ultimately helped to turn the tide of the Civil War in favor of the Union Army.

The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission invites families, educators, and Civil War enthusiasts to join us on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at The DuSable for our second annual “Civil War Family Day.” This history-packed day will be filled with riveting battle re-enactments; engaging historic character re-creations including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and President Abraham Lincoln. In addition a special recognition of “Juneteenth” will be observed and exciting family activities and Museum tours are on the schedule.

Order of Events

10:00 am — Event Opens

12:00 pm — Battle Reenactment Part One

1:00 pm — Children’s Horses Rides

1:00 pm — Haystack Theatre

1:00 pm — Civil War Medical Unit (demonstration)

1:30 pm — African People’s in Chicago During the Civil War Era (Lecture)

2:30 pm — Battle of the Marching Bands

3:15 pm — Battle Reenactment Part Two

4:00 pm — Haystack Theatre

4:00 pm — Children’s’ Horses Rides

4:00 pm — Civil War Medical Unit (demonstration)


We will screen The Retrieval at 4PM after the Civil War reenactment. Admission is FREE.