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12 Aug 2012

The American Civil War

The American Civil War is the most fascinating and studied time period in our nation’s history. Every year, new books, movies, T.V. documentaries, magazines and website forums are regularly being offered to the public. Millions of people visit battlefields and monuments each year. Every day there are thousands of people who trace their Civil War ancestors with the help of the internet, the National Archives, the Library of Congress along with state and county records.

Continuing the Historical Society’s tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we are pleased to present Bill Tojek, who will offer a program on Civil War bugles. (Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00 PM)

The 49th New York Volunteer Infantry

The 49th New York Volunteer Infantry

Photo courtesy of 49th New York Volunteer Infantry

Organized in October 1990, The 49th New York has already established a reputation for being well-drilled and dedicated to its mission. The group is closely associated with other reenactment units spanning the East Coast and in Canada. This enables the 49th New York to participate in a variety of events with a diversity of historical settings. Their experiences bring them closer to the life of a soldier in the Army of the Potomac as well as the families they left home to protect.

Historical Reneactment / "Re-enactors"

Re-enactors are historians who are portraying this important time of American History. The men, women and children in 1860s dress and uniforms are part of a growing number of history buffs, both families and individuals... from all walks of life! To those who participate in the many battles, encampments, parades, fairs and demonstrations, the goals of this hobby include bringing history to life, into the public awareness, as well as getting a personal firsthand experience of what it was like to live in that time. In another sense, there is a feeling among re-enactors of being part of a living memorial. Not strictly for those who fought in the Civil War but from all of the conflicts our soldiers have been involved in—from The French & Indian War to the present Iraq War. This is a way of ensuring that their memory or their sacrifices will never be forgotten.