Anna Residents Remember the Civil War

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By Evie Allen

ANNA -- Folks in Anna took a trip back in time Saturday with the third annual Civil War Weekend of Union County.

It took place at the Anna Arts Center. It's hosted by the Shawnee Hill Arts Council and P.A.S.T. of Union County. The weekend kicked off with era exhibits, memorabilia, guest speakers and re-enactors. 

Officials say the purpose is to teach people the sacrifice southern Illinois volunteers made during the civil war era.

"Many southern Illinoisan were southern, but they were for their country; they were for the United States. So it's to bring an awareness to people living in the region, of the experience of their great, great grandfathers," says re-enactor Glenn Bishop.
 
Saturday's events wrapped up with a play, but the festivities continue Sunday with a historical bus tour.
 
 
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