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Union troops fire a cannon in a mock battle during last’s year’s Civil War reenactment presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. (File)

Union troops fire a cannon in a mock battle during last’s year’s Civil War reenactment presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. (File)

“Honest” Abe Lincoln will be making an appearance at this year’s annual Civil War reenactment slated for July 4-7 at Willamette Mission Park north of Keizer.

Steve Holgate, who has been hailed as “the best Lincoln in America,” will make a special presentation at the event Sunday, July 7, at 1 p.m.

As many as 1,000 Civil War reenactors will present the living conditions and circumstances of the early 1860s as well as battle reenactments each day with artillery, infantry and cavalry.

The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, will offer more than six acres of  living history with reenactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites, and character.  Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Parades kick off each day at 9 a.m.  There will also be demonstrations presenting period medical practices each day, multiple period music demonstrations, a daily fashion show and hundreds of period tents showing a variety of activities that would be found at an 1863 military and civilian campsite. Reenactors sleep in canvas tents while they participate in battle reenactments and military or civilian life.

There will be a Civil War-era church service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 55 and older  and students with ID.  Kids under six are free.  There is also a day use fee from the Park Service.

The event it a presentation of the Northwest Civil War Council, www.nwcwc.org.

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