"Region United, Nation Divided" Civil War in the South Shore

Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery. This exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war's third year (1863), which ushered in the conflict's most pivotal engagement: the Battle of Gettysburg. One hundred or more Lake and Porter County men served in the three-day battle in early July in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, helping to earn a Union victory in what would become the war's turning point. One Crown Point colonel gave his life on the field during the battle's second day. Come learn his story and the facts and details behind the lives of many more region men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail Expo will use special exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society, together with photos and local artifacts, to recreate this important story. Special Events: Come out for live demonstrations by Civil War re-enactors from 8am to 5pm April 27 and 28. There will also be demonstrations on May 1 from 4pm to 7:30pm.

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