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The Battle of Colton Civil War reenactment is this weekend at Horning Tree Farm

The Battle of Colton Civil War reenactment happens at the Horning Tree Farm, 27004 South Sheckly Road, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Northwest Civil War Council (NCWC) is a nonprofit organization made up of people who share a strong interest in the American Civil War. They believe that this conflict, as savage and tragic as it was, still represents the center-piece of our history and has important effects for us as a people even in the 21st century.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Pictured are the confederate and union soldiers at last year's reenactment.

Through the reenactment, the group tries to demonstrate - in the most accurate ways possible - both the military and civilian lives of Americans during the mid-19th century.

They show battles and tactics with all branches of service represented (infantry, cavalry and artillery). After the battles, there are medical demonstrations to help the public understand the terrible aftermath of a war that took the lives of over 620,000 American citizens.

Visitors can also visit the camps to see and touch how the soldiers lived.

But there is so much more. Civilian life is also portrayed in the fashions, cooking, music, dances, secular and spiritual life and many other ways.

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