The Living History camp provides an opportunity for today’s festival-goers to observe, and sometimes participate in, life from another era. Stop by to learn about military drills, uniforms and equipment of the American Civil War from the infantry, the artillery, medical care, and the navy. There are also civilian demonstrations, including the toys and games of the children of the time. The unit historian loves to discuss details about the original 44th Indiana infantry. There are often earlier time periods represented including the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, thus offering the visitor a time-line of American history.
The camp is hosted by the 44th Indiana Civil War Historical Association. Most of the unit portrays the standard western infantry soldier during the Civil War, with specific emphasis placed on the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Their ultimate goal as living historians is to REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH. They do this so that the children of today and future generations will always remember the sacrifice that not only the people of the 1860's made, but also of the sacrifice that we, the American people, are making today for freedom.
If you have ancestors who served in the original 44th Indiana or would like more information, visit their web site at http://www.44thindiana.org.