Civil War Days Gives Families History Lesson

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Byline: Susan Dibble Daily Herald Staff Writer

Sandy Blanchar was sharply rebuffed by Mary Todd Lincoln.

During a news conference the presidential couple held Saturday during Civil War Days at Naper Settlement, Blanchar had asked about the first lady's spending on clothing and White House decorating.

Mary Lincoln did not take kindly to the question.

"She said I should never have asked that question because I was in my bloomers," Blanchar said. "She insulted me right off the bat."

But Blanchard, a Florida resident who is visiting her daughter in Naperville, did not mind.

"I just think this entire thing is wonderful," she said. "These are not things our children learn in school. This is authentic."

At the annual two-day event that continues today, visitors can watch a Civil War battle, see an old-time medicine show, view Civil War displays, hear Civil War music and meet famous people of the era.

Abraham Lincoln and his wife were portrayed by Max and Donna Daniels of Wheaton.

Joe Kash of Naperville and his children - Ben, 5, Emma, 4, and Sophie, almost 2 -posed with the president while his wife, Ginger, snapped a picture. The family was visiting for the second year.

"It's a nice family day," Ginger said. "(Ben) likes the cannon. It's a little loud. Emma likes all the girls in pretty dresses."

Rick Cecola, a former Naperville resident who now lives in Oswego, was there with his son, Jack, 10, and his nephews, Ben, 11, and Cam, 5. The family makes it an annual event and the Civil War battle fought at 2:30 p. …