Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park


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2nd Michigan on the fieldThe sights and sounds of the Civil War will fill the air at the 12th annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend Saturday and Sunday July 27-28, at Robert Moses State Park, in Massena.

The event is part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s (SLCHA) commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.

Union and Confederate reenactors will stage mock battles, perform military drills, talk about camp life, and demonstrate such skills as coffin-making, cooking, cannon firing, and medical practices.  There will be a fashion show of Civil War-era clothing, a basket auction, historical displays and period music. Reenactors from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec, Canada, are expected to attend, including, President Lincoln, several generals, and sutlers (vendors of period goods and clothing).

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association presents the weekend, which is hosted by the 2nd Michigan, Co. E Reenactment Unit.  Admission is $4 per person per day, free for children 6 and under, maximum charge of $15 per vehicle.  For more information, call SLCHA at 315-386-8133, e-mail info@slcha.org, or visit the website at www.slcha.org

The military camps are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Mock battles will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will follow the Sunday battle.  The Marine Corps League, St. Lawrence County Detachment 408 provides a food concession both days.

Reenactors from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec, Canada, are expected to attend, including, President Lincoln, several generals, and sutlers (vendors of period goods and clothing).

The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take some Civil War history home with books like Young Heroes of the Civil War, Gallantry in the Field:  Potsdam and the Civil War, and New York’s North Country and the Civil War.  SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.  The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton.  Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history.  For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail info@slcha.org.  SLCHA’s exhibits and programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

Photo: Union troops from the 2nd Michigan in the field during a previous Civil War Reenactment Weekend.

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