ELIZABETH, IL – Daily military life on the northwest Illinois frontier will be re-enacted during “Fire on the Frontier:” Black Hawk War Militia Muster and Encampment to be held both Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth.
The Captain Elijah Iles militia from Sangamon County and members of the Old Lead Region Historical Society will be at the fort for the weekend. They will portray Captain Clack Stone's Company, 27th Regiment Illinois Militia that was called into service of the United States by the Governor's Orders dated May 15th, 1832 for the Black Hawk War. Re-enactors will muster into service the company of Clack Stone and make preparations for the defense of the fort. They will be doing practice firing from the blockhouse and stockade walls, holding inspection of weapons, making lead bullets, sending out pickets, and changing the guard mount.
“Rumor has it that there may even be a skirmish with a band of Sauk and Fox in the afternoon,” said Apple River Fort Site Manager Susan Gordy.
Other activities scheduled throughout the day include flag raising, roll call, and period outdoor cooking. Settlers at the Apple River Fort will recruit and drill visiting “civilians” as they come through. The event is free and open to the public.
Visitors are encouraged to take part in the annual “Fort Days” celebration at the Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot Museum in Elizabeth featuring a petting zoo, miniature golf, pony rides and games. Food booths, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, and baked goods will be featured uptown, while townwide garage sales will offer hidden treasures. Bicycle rides can be taken through the rolling landscape of JoDaviess County. Maps for each activity will be provided. For information, go to www.elizabeth-il.com
The Apple River Fort State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (www.Illinois-History.gov
), is a reconstruction of the 1830s civilian fort that was the site of a battle between Black Hawk’s Sauk warriors and Apple River settlers during the Black Hawk War. It is located along U.S. Route 20 in Elizabeth, Illinois, and is open daily for free public tours. Illinois Historic Preservation Agency