Mary Chesebro Lee Detached Tent No. 23 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Delavan will host a program open to the public on Tuesday.

“On the Home Front: A Civil War Wife’s Story” will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at the Delavan Community Centre, 820 E. Geneva St.

Most have heard of the horrors of the Civil War but few have known or understood the impact that it had on the home front. After rebel forces fired on Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln declared war and called for 75,000 troops to put down the rebellion. The governor of Wisconsin called on all the patriotic women of the state to contribute aid, prepare bandages and offer kindness and encouragement.

Guest speaker and noted character re-enactor, Christine Brookes will share her knowledge and research regarding the women’s work that supported the war effort and how conflict affected every day people during the Civil War. Brookes portrays Mrs. Asa Farr, a Lake Geneva resident who would become a Civil War widow.

Civil War buffs and others interested are welcome to attend the program.



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