Pipestone Civil War Days

Saturday & Sunday - August 13-14, 2016

Southern troops fight for their lives. Photo provided by Craig Grantz in 2012.
In Memorial

We recently learned that Civil War Days performer, Bob Welch, passed away this March. He was a part of PCWDs for many years and was looking forward to joining us again in 2016. We will miss Bob and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Robert A. Welch
(April 23, 1951 - March 7, 2015)

Robert A. Welch, age 63, a longtime Dubuque resident, most recently of Lake of the Ozarks, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Robert was born on April 23, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri the only child of Paul and Ellen (Clevenger) Welch. He married his High School sweetheart, Donna Livingston on June 27, 1969 at Hickory Point Baptist Church in Iberia, Missouri.

Robert was involved in the Radio Industry for over 30 years, as on-air, sales, program director, and broadcaster. He helped launch KLYV in Dubuque, and was associated with WJOD, KDTH, and many other stations during his career. Robert’s musical talents had him as a guest performer for many organizations, nursing homes, and other events over the years. He had played in various bands, including Robert A. and Helen, Pony Express, and Blue Willow. Robert’s passion was playing guitar, writing music, and feeding his birds. He also was a para-professional for the Dubuque School System after retiring from the radio industry, and most recently Robert has been entertaining people with his Civil War music program throughout the area.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Donna; a daughter, Misty (Chris) Woolf of Dubuque; in-laws, Pat Livingston, Shirley Powell, Janis Lawson, Paul Brotherton, Frank (Judy) Flaugher, Liz (Mark) Cook, and Kenneth Miller; his cat, Willow; a cousin, Shirley Nolker; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, William “Stanley: Baker; father and mother in-law, Herbert (Helen) Livingston; brother and sister in-laws, Herbert L. Livingston, Dolores (Herbert) Grady, William Powell, William Flaugher, Donald Lawson, Mary Ann Miller, Barbara Brotherton; his cat, Dusty

Pipestone Civil War Days

As one of the most enduring and respected events of its type in the upper Midwest, Pipestone Civil War Days is a tribute to our past. Set in a beautiful historic setting visitors are invited to interact with civilian and military reenactors to share some of the flavor of the 1860's with them. Reenactors, or living historians, from around our nation, recreate scenes of daily life from the home to religion to education to military camps. Events throughout the weekend include educational programs, etiquette and ballroom dance lessons, camp tours, children's games, Sunday morning church services, a Grand Ball and much more! The roar of the cannon, the smell of gun powder, and the work of our reenactors, performers, and other participants make a full immersion in the 1860s possible.

Plan to join us in historic Pipestone, Minnesota for all the activities. We look forward to seeing you in 2016! For more information on how you can get involved, please contact

The Pipestone Civil War Days are hosted by the 13th U.S. Infantry Regiment, Company D. and made possible in part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council with funds appropriated by the State Legislature.
Please note: Our insurance policy and the policy of the Hiawatha Pageant grounds does not allow dogs, horses or other pets on the premises during public events.


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