Weekend marks anniversary of Civil War riot

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 03/25 2014 05:39PM

Updated 03/31 2014 12:49PM

Update: 10:30 pm, 3/30/14, Sunday
CHARLESTON -- 150 years ago, a large brawl over the Civil War happened in Coles County. It's called the Charleston Riot. The bloodbath was reenacted over the weekend. WCIA-3's photojournalist Jeff Samson shows us the event through his Local Lens.

"We're reenacting the Charleston Riot which happened in 1864."

"I died pretty quickly and that was exactly what I was supposed to do."

"It was like a spark that lit the fuse before the powder keg goes off."

"This was a riot that broke out between copperheads, which were southern sympathizers and Republican civilians."

"We've been working on this for two years."

"Born and raised in Charleston."

"They had one fifty years ago that I saw. This was better I think. More realistic."

"It was really neat. I didn't really know much about it and I've lived here all my life, but you know, ha ha, guess I didn't study that part in history."

"Because I love it. I've been studying the Civil War ever since I was seven or eight years old."

"I think a lot of folks learn more about their heritage that way."

"They need to keep doing it for the younger generations to see, you know, what happened here."

"It would be a good idea for Charleston, I think, to commemorate this every year. It brought a lot of people."
Original: 5:39 pm, 3/25/14, Tuesday
CHARLESTON -- The city is getting a blast from the past. Friday is the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Riot. It was a fight which broke out during the Civil War.

To commemorate the history, the downtown area is going back in time. Events take place all weekend, like reenactments and an historical homes tour. Family members of those who were part of the riot area also invited.

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