Civil War living history encampment at Fort Wilkins
MARQUETTE— Experience Civil War Army life during the Battery D Civil War Encampment at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park July 26-28 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday).
Recreating the volunteer artillery unit organized in 1861 at White Pigeon, Mich., the group interprets Army life of the period, demonstrating artillery drills, period cooking and soldiers’ pastimes. The encampment features costumed interpreters, tents, a depiction of army barracks life and full-scale artillery pieces, as well as authentically reproduced mess gear, small arms and other period artifacts such as clothing and flags.
Demonstrations throughout the weekend include Civil War medical and undertaking procedures, Sunday morning church service, and cannon and small-arms firing drills.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, located in the northern Keweenaw Peninsula, features camping, day-use facilities, a restored 1844 army military outpost and one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior built in 1866. Fort Wilkins became a state park in 1923. Extensive restoration work and development began in the 1930s under the Work Project Administration.
The historic fort within Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is part of the Michigan History Center’s Michigan History Museum System. Visit the Michigan History Center event calendar to see museum system events throughout the state.