Lincoln’s Generals Take the Stage at Orland Park History Museum

Lincoln’s Generals Take the Stage at Orland Park History Museum
Posted on 02/19/2020

Lincoln’s Generals Take the Stage at Orland Park History Museum



ORLAND PARK, IL (February 19, 2020) –Four Civil War generals will discuss the last year of the American Civil War at the Orland Park History Museum on Saturday, March 7.

The live presentation with Lincoln’s generals --- Grant, Sherman, Mead and Ord --- is a community favorite that blends a history lesson with a bit of fun for attendees.

The March 7 performance will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.

“We are very excited to share a live performance demonstrating what was happening as the Civil War was ending,” said Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. “Last year, the museum offered a similar program featuring Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s relationships with his generals and their leadership throughout the Civil War is a fascinating subject ”


“The American Civil War was the most important event in our history,” said Larry Werline who portrays General Ulysses S. Grant. “It fundamentally changed who we are. Our first person portrayals help educate the public about this very important turning point in history.”


Marc Finnegan has been involved with Civil War re-enacting for nearly 20 years. “For the last five years, I was with the Grant, Lee, Custer and Company. Larry Werline, who portrays General Grant, asked me to change my persona to Major General E.O.C. Ord.”


Bill Teshner, a special education teacher, portrays General William Tecumseh Sherman. “Our presentations are always very well received,” Teshner said.

“People most often tell me that this is the way history should be taught,” Werline said. “We relate   more than just facts and dates but reveal to the audience how the character was in his life in context with the period portrayed.”


The generals will present a historically correct impression to the public based on their own research.

Registration for the program is available online at and in person at Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, and at the Village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street.

Registration is also available at the museum, 14415 South Beacon Avenue, on Tuesdays from noon to 4

p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and by appointment by calling the museum. Questions may be directed to the museum at 708/873-1622.