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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.



23 rd Annual Civil War Encampment


Join us next year for the fun and excitement where

an important event in our history comes alive!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. 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.


Visitors will be able to:

  • See performances by Wayne Issleb who will be appearing as General Grant on Saturday and Sunday.  Visit the General's headquarters complete with telegraph!
  • Walk through the soldiers' campsites and see Union and Confederate soldiers readying for battle
  • Visit the 17th Corps Field Hospital to see the medical treatment wounded soldiers received during the Civil War
  • Muster in, see artillery units drill and hear the cannon roar
  • 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

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
  • 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 they would have in the 1860's
  • 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 3 to 12: $3.00 Children 2 & under free!

(Cash or check only)


Free parking at Pilgrim Park Middle School on Pilgrim Parkway and North Shore Bank on Bluemound at Pilgrim Parkway.  A free shuttle is provided round trip to the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum from both lots.  No parking on the grounds


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

North Shore Bank

15700 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI

Special Thanks!

To Prior 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

General Grant - Wayne Issleb

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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