They didn't have cellphones or radios, so how did Civil War officers communicate with their soldiers?

Battlefield communications, as well as the daily life of soldiers and civilians, will be demonstrated during Civil War Living History Day from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

There also will be infantry and artillery drills, demonstrations of medicine and a women's fashion show will spotlight clothing trends of the era. Organized by the Boston Historical Society, with support from the Hamburg Kiwanis, the program offers points of view from the Union and Confederate perspectives.

Horses will be used to explain the advantages and use of the cavalry during the war, and visitors will be able to interact with historical interpreters such as Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Mary Walker, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.

Area students will visit the encampment during the day, and the evening event is free and open to the public.

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