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Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War re-enactment was held in Princeton this past weekend. Why is it important to re-enact history?

“This time period shaped our nation more than any other time period. We decided to stay united and ended slavery. It’s important to remember these things and hope that people learn from the mistakes that were made.”

Max Daniels, Wheaton

“Six hundred and fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. We need to remind people not to make the same mistakes of the past.”

Bill Huber, Creve Coeur

“It is important to understand where we come from. Everything old is new again. By showing people, it gives them a better understanding.”

Emmett Miller, no permanent address

“It’s important to educate the public as to what really happened.”

Bill Wetzbarger, Rockford

“We enhance what is being taught in school because teachers don’t have the time or resources to do this. I personally do this to educate the public about the importance that women played in the Civil War.”

Helen Milam, Lockport

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