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Adirondack Historian To Lecture In Columbia County


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Author Glenn Pearsall is set to speak about and sign his new fiction book, Leaves Torn Asunder on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.

Based on true events, Pearsall’s research included diaries, soldiers’ letters home, visits to Civil War battle sites and historical documents such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. One of the main characters in the novel is an outspoken abolitionist. Continue reading

William Seward’s and Horatio Seymour’s Gettysburg Addresses


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The dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863, is mostly remembered for the short speech that President Abraham Lincoln delivered there that day. At the time, however, most of the public attention went to a much longer, formal oration by Edward Everett, former Massachusetts governor, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.

But there were other speakers at Gettysburg as well, including two New Yorkers, Secretary of State (and former U.S. Senator and governor) William H. Seward, and Governor Horatio Seymour.

At the time, Seward and Seymour were nationally recognized and influential leaders and their short speeches were widely noted and reprinted in the press. Continue reading

Sackets Harbor Discussions: After The Civil War


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Josh Canale and Dr. John DeansThis autumn, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site will continue their readings and discussions series with a “follow up” which takes up where the previous Civil War topic concluded.

Jefferson Community College history instructor Josh Canale will guide the discussions during four Tuesday 7 pm sessions on September 12, 19, 26 and Oct 17. Facilitating with Josh is the College’s past president and history instructor Dr. John W. Deans. Continue reading

Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery


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Greenridge Cemetery Civil War MonumentThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge on Sunday, August 20th at 10:30 am, led by Gloria May.

Hear the stories of those who answered President Lincoln’s call to save the Union during the Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery. The tour, sponsored by LaBrake Memorials, meets at the Civil War Monument inside of Sackett Gates on Lincoln Avenue. Continue reading

A Visit To Marilla Civil War Days in Erie County


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Marilla Civil War DaysOn July 29 & 30, Marilla, New York (in Erie County) held its 14th Annual Civil War Days at Marilla Town Park.

The weekend was packed full of activities, including a ladies period tea party, artillery demonstrations, candlelight tours, a period dance and church service, and of course battle reenactments. At Sutlers Row, vendors sold Civil War memorabilia, flags, books, and uniforms.

Each year has something a little different to offer. Previously, the event featured barn burnings, ground charges, and falling trees and buildings. Saturday’s reenactment was more conventional. Continue reading

Sackets Harbor And The Civil War Event Planned


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Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site reenactment On Saturday July 29, at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, a living history event “Sackets Harbor and the Civil War” will bring to life how soldiers lived, what they ate and drank, and what they wore and carried. The public has been invited to see how soldiers lived during the Civil War, shoulder a wooden musket and learn the 1862 military drill.

Sackets Harbor became a major recruiting station and mustering site for Northern New York where thousands entered into federal service to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Continue reading

Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park July 29-30


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slcha childrens musterThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association will hold their annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Robert Moses State Park, Massena.

The 16th annual Reenactment will take place Saturday and Sunday July 29-30.

Union and Confederate reenactors will stage mock battles, perform military drills, talk about camp life, and demonstrate cooking, spinning, ladies’ aid, cannon firing, and medical practices. Continue reading

Women’s History at Peterboro Civil War Event


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Ann Maria SchramIn honor of the Centennial of New York State Women’s Suffrage, the 25th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend will feature programs on women during the Civil War. According to the Civil War Trust (March 8, 2016) “women played an instrumental role in the Civil War, both on and off the field” despite the cultural 19th Century norms. “Women left their homes and served as laundresses and nurses for both armies.” “Women also served on the field, cutting off their hair and changing their clothes and names to fight in battle.” “Those women who were not in the field were running farms and businesses that their husbands had left behind – a huge step in the march for independence.” Continue reading

Shawangunks: Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk


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Robi Josephson in the Mohonk GardenEnterprise and Courage: Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk a talk by Robi Josephson will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville on Sunday, June 11, at 2 pm.

Visitors to Mohonk Lake saw a very different place during the Civil War. Find out how different as author Robi Josephson traces the earliest days of the mountain house tradition in this illustrated program. Continue reading