Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery will be performing artillery demonstration as part of the 2023 Bishop Hill Civil War Days. The first demonstration will be on Saturday May 6 at 2 p.m. and the second one will be on Sunday May 7 at 1 p.m. Both will be at Cooper’s Field, just south of the Vasa Archives. These demonstrations are free and open to the public.
Battery G is a Civil War reenactment group, based in the Rockford, IL area, that participates in battle reenactments, living history encampments, parades, ceremonies and educational presentations. We are a state chartered non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the American Civil War, about the role that field artillery played in the war and about the people who fought and lived through those difficult times. In order to properly educate the public, we strive for authenticity in our impressions, uniforms, equipment and encampments. The Battery has 4 cannons available for it’s use, all muzzle-loading cannons. Three original cannons (two 12 pdr Napoleons, and one 20 pdr Parrott) that were fired in battle during the Civil War and a full scale reproduction 1841 model 6 pdr.
For more information about the other 2023 Bishop Hill Civil War Days activities, please check out the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook or visitbishophill.com