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Remembering Northwest Indiana’s Role In Civil War

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Northwest Indiana’s link to the Civil War is getting an upgrade for a regional display.  Renetta Dubose has the story of how men and women contributed to the Civil War in the South Shore, more than 150 years ago…..

Renetta Dubose:  From April of 1861 until May of 1865….thousands of men, divided between the Union and Confederacy, battled over the slavery question.  Among those valiant soldiers were hundreds of men from this region.

Marc Chase: Indiana had the highest per capita contribution of its male population during the Civil War out of any other state.  Hundreds of those men came from the south shores of Lake Michigan.

Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project founder Marc Chase is leading the four-week exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.  Chase says the collection highlights the region’s contributions to the nation’s bloodiest war and includes memorabilia from men, women and even children … like a 14-year-old Valparaiso boy who joined his father’s company during the Civil War.

Chase: His name is Winfield Brown…ran away with the circus for a few years.

The exhibit showcases replica flags … authentic tools and countless stories to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war’s third year.  Chase says the most notable contribution from this area was the 20th Indiana Infantry’s work at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Chase: It was a three day battle…bloodiest of the war and Col. John Wheeler of Crown Point was killed on the second day of the battle.

Your northwest Indiana Civil War experience is not complete without traveling the Civil War Trail which includes cemeteries throughout Lake and Porter Counties.

Chase: Revolutionary War gained independence from Britain.  But the Civil War was this nation’s first test of the democracy and whether slavery would go on and I think ending that was best for all of us.

Chase says about 300 Civil War veterans have been identified in the region along with a few wives and their contributions.  and in the last two years … tombstones at six cemeteries have been preserved.  In Crown Point … Renetta Dubose, Lakeshore News.

The Civil War exhibit includes live demonstrations by re-enactors.  Find times as well as locations for the Civil War Trail by visiting www dot along the south shore dot com.


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