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Can't we still enjoy a good battle or two? If it's historic? Only among ourselves? Just pretend? The Civil War rages again this weekend in a reenactment at the Grove National Historic Landmark in Glenview. Troops and their followers will be living on the grounds in Union and Confederate encampments, shooting muskets and cannons,

and marching around in military drills before they face off. They'll skirmish through the woods at 2 each day, blow each other away, then cart the wounded to a field hospital set up in the Grove schoolhouse. Besides the simulated blood and guts, there'll be appearances by actors playing Abe and Mary Lincoln and underground railroad hero Harriet Tubman. Also, an afternoon tea and fashion show, a vintage baseball game, and a candlelight tour of the encampments that includes chats with the soldiers, followed by a ball on the lawn at Redfield House (an anachronistic 1929 Tudor); period apparel is welcome. The camp kitchen will sell dogs and burgers and there'll be a chance to shop for real Civil War artifacts. It runs from 10 to 4 on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28; tickets are $5, $1 for kids. The candlelight tour and ball begin at 7 on Saturday, and require an additional $6 ticket. The Grove is located at 1421 Milwaukee in Glenview. Call 847-299-6096 for more information.

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