War reenactment draws hundreds to Prairie du Chien

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Gunshots were a familiar sound in Prairie du Chien today, but worry not, they were fake.

Susan Kaya-Slusser, the Villa Louis site manager, said they are "celebrating the bicentennial celebration of the battle of Prairie du Chien during the War of 1812".

Anything from the actual reenactment of the battle to typical food of those times, there was plenty to show off.

"It's just something for everyone, and it's just a way to interact with out state's great history," Kaya-Slusser said.

It was certainly a way to jump back in to history.

Robert Stone came all the way from Pennsylvania to cook traditional food for the reenactors.

"A whole bunch of my friends and I are cooking a meal for what will soon be between 150 and 170 people," he explained, that it's just something he loves to do.

The many miles he traveled didn't bother him at all.

"Being friends with quite a few people here and actually liking Prairie du Chien doesn't make it hard."

It's not your typical food.

It's all from scratch and it's all timely for what soldiers would have had back in 1812.

Corn, meat roasts, even bread -- you name it, they made it.

He also says there is another positive aspect of the reenactment that not many people know of.

"Nobody died, you don't have many of those battles," he said with a smile.

It's all a perfect way to enjoy a little Wisconsin history.

If you missed the reenactment today, round two kicks off tomorrow, Sunday, July 19 at the same place.


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