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The Elmbrook Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to research the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove and to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects from our past.



21st Annual Civil War Encampment


Join in the fun and excitement where

an important event in our history comes alive!


Saturday, May 2, 2015  - Sunday, May 3, 2015

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily


Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, Wisconsin


civil war reenactment




During this two day event, soldier re-enactors camp overnight on the grounds.

Play a period game of Cricket. Walk through the campsites, hear cannon roar, tour the Inn.  Watch Cushing’s Battery demonstrate the artillery and fire the cannon. Meet Pelham's Battery (CSA) and find out about their war experiences. Hear the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin perform Sunday on original period instruments. Bid on silent auction baskets.

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Visitors will be able to:

  • See performances by actress Jessica Michna as Mary Todd Lincoln on Saturday and Sunday
  • Walk through the soldiers' campsites and see Union and Confederate soldiers readying for battle
  • See artillery units drill and hear the cannon roar
  • Join in a short, informal game of 1860s cricket conducted by Tom Melville
  • Hear concerts by the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin on Sunday
  • Learn about the Civil War and the role Wisconsin played in the war
  • Visitors also will learn what it was like to live during the Civil War
  • Hear the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin perform on Sunday

Visitors can:

  • Tour the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum restored with authentic artifacts
  • Stop in at the blacksmith shop, smoke house, ice house and Donaldson House
  • Visit the Mourning Room inside the Dousman Stagecoach Inn
  • Purchase handmade goods from merchants: candles, quilts, clothing, honey, baskets, tinware, lace, carpets, buttons, hard tack, toys, soaps etc.
  • Participate in children's games as children would have in the 1860's
  • Bid on wonderful silent auction baskets in the Inn, auction ending at 3:30 pm Sunday.  Need not be present to win.  Thank you to our donors!!
  • Shop for bonnets, Civil War hats, toy soldiers and other items at the Donaldson House Visitor's Center & Gift Shop

Schedule subject to change without notice

Food and Beverages Are Available Both Days


Adults: $6.00 Children 6 to 12: $3.00 Children under 5 are free!

(Cash or check only)


Free parking and a shuttle is provided round trip from these parking lots to the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.  No parking on the grounds


Pilgrim Park Middle School
1500 Pilgrim Parkway, Elm Grove, WI


Special Thanks!

To Civil War Days Participants


17th Corps Field Hospital

Civil War Nursing - Emily Matthews

Cushing's Battery

Daughters of Union Veterans

Embalming Surgeon - Ed Klug

Fortune Teller - Carol Paulson

Grand Army of the Republic

Historical Time Keepers

James Johnson

Kepis & Dream Catchers

Mary Todd Lincoln - Jessica Michna

Pelham's Battery (CSA)

Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin

Undertaker - Scott Paulson


Prior Civil War Encampment

Crowds gather to see the canon fire.
Confederate troops come out from hiding in the underbrush.
Union troops fire canon.
President Lincoln examines wares sold by a
sutler during the Civil War Encampment.

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