Muskets firing, cannons blasting, soldiers and sutlers, rebels and Yankees, ladies in their finery, cooks, civilians, doctors, drummers… These are a few of the sights and sounds you’ll experience at the Civil War Re-Enactment in Angelica, NY on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th.
Now in its sixth year, Angelica’s Civil War Re-enactment attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of re-enactors who, through living history demonstrations, re-enactments of actual Civil War battles, and spontaneous interactions with visitors, help the audience understand more fully certain facets of Civil War life. And it isn’t always pretty.
Visitors will experience history coming alive when they visit the military camps, where the re-enactors are happy to describe their life as a Union or Confederate soldier. The doctor in the medical tent can tell you how surgery was performed, illnesses cured (or not), and wounds tended in the heat of battle. The laundress can describe the methods used to wash clothes in camp, and cooks will show you what’s in the pot for dinner.
History: One hundred and fifty-one years ago, men from Allegany County and the surrounding area gathered at what is now known as the “Parade Grounds” in Letchworth State Park. In 1862, it was known as “Camp Williams” and served as the mustering point for over 1,000 of these men, who became the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry. They marched forth from that camp to the places we’ve all read about in history texts – places with names like Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Siege of Atlanta and Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Boy Scouts and Re-Enactors: This year on September 28th and 29th, members of the modern day group who recreate those men and women of the Civil War will gather in historic Angelica, NY to teach today’s young men about that era. The Western Gate District of the Allegheny Highlands Boy Scout Council will hold their eighth Civil War Camp-o-ree at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
The camp-o-ree has fueled a new interest in Civil War history by the scouts and led to the formation of Crew 7136, a Venturing Crew that re-enacts Company “K” of the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry, which was recruited in Allegany County in 1862. Crew 7136 participates in re-enactment events throughout the region. Dressed and equipped with authentic equipment, they strive to teach history to today’s youth through portraying the lives of Volunteer Infantry and civilians during the Civil War.
Approximately 450 scouts and leaders from throughout the region are expected to participate in living history demonstrations of camp life, marching and artillery. Over 350 re-enactors from across the region will make camp right in the yards of willing Village homeowners. The Union re-enactors will encamp on properties west of Park Circle and the Confederate re-enactors will encamp on properties east of Park Circle. From these locations they’ll eat, sleep and breathe Civil War-era life. Dressed in period costume, they’ll battle blue against grey complete with cannons, muskets, and epithets. Capping off the weekend, the scouts will observe several skirmishes put on by the re-enactors, and then participate in a mock battle of their own, using imitation muskets and gaining valuable insights into Civil War life.
Angelica Farmers’ Market: Park Circle will host the popular Angelica’s Farmers’ Market with local vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baked goods, plus wine, honey, and artisan wares. Sharing the market for this event will be Civil War-period vendors called ‘sutlers’, plus craftsmen, civilian camps, and traveling exhibits.
EVENT SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9:00 AM — Camps open to the public.
9:00 AM to Noon: Living History in camps and on Main Street. Boy Scout groups and the public will be touring camps and stations learning about the Civil War
11:00 AM: Drill Practice Recreating an 1863 Recruitment rally in Park Circle. All Union units are encouraged to drill in the Park Circle area.
1:00 PM — Re-Enactor 1863 Battle scenario—Part I Based on an authentic 1863 battle. Downtown Historic District.
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Ladies’ Tea (registered re-enactors only)
2:30 – 3:00 PM – Boy Scout Battle on old Angelica School athletic fields
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Re-Enactor 1863 Battle scenario—Part II on old Angelica School athletic fields
5:00 PM — Camps close to the public.
7:00 – 10:00 PM Civil War Dance with “City Fiddle” All are welcome. Grange Hall.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
9:00 AM – Camps open to the public.
10:00 AM — 1860s Church Service Location TBA
Noon to 12:30 PM – Parade and Gettysburg Address Downtown Historic District
1:30 PM — Re-Enactor 1863 Battle Scenario Downtown Historic District
2:00 PM till – Living history stations, public tours of camps.
3:00 PM – Event closes to the public.
For More Information: This event is presented by the 136th NY Venturing Crew and the Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America; in cooperation with the Town and Village of Angelica. For more information, please visit HYPERLINK “http://www.136thny.com” www.136thny.com, call 585- 365-2189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.