On Thursday, April 27, from 7 pm to 9 pm. at the Senior Center (next to the Florida Library), at 4 Cohen Circle in Florida, NY, Civil War historian and re-enactor Yvonne Bigney will tell the story of 12 year-old Johnny Clem’s experience in the Battle of Chickamauga.
Clem was one of many children who served in the Civil War. In 1863, escaped slave, “Contraband Jackson”, served as a drummer boy and stretcher-bearer in the 79th Infantry Regiment – U.S. Colored Troops. It was an all-black unit that incurred heavy casualties. Fifteen year-old Tillie Pierce served as a nurse at Gettysburg. They were just three of the thousands of boys and girls engaged in the Civil War; whether on the front lines or back home, active in vital adult roles that would astonish us today.
Suggested donations for this fundraiser are $10 per ticket. $15 for two. Students will be admitted for free. Light refreshments will be served. Proceeds will support the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead in Florida, NY.
Tickets will be available at the door. Reserve your seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (845) 294-3839.
Photo: Johnny Clem, provided.