|Angelica Merchants’ Association FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PO Box 194
Angelica, NY 14709
Civil War Weekend takes place September 19th-20th
Encampment – Reenactment – Living History:
Sept 4, 2009 …Angelica, NY….
Civil War Weekend: Sept 19-20, 2009
Encampment: Allegany County Fairgrounds, Angelica NY
Skirmishes, Dance, Parade: Historic Downtown Angelica
Parking & FREE SHUTTLE at the Fairgrounds: $2/person $5/family
For more info: www.visitangelica.com or www.136thny.com
HISTORY: One hundred and forty-seven 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.
BACKGROUND: This year on September 19th and 20th, 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 sixth 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.
Over 200 scouts from throughout the region are expected to participate in living history demonstrations of camp life, marching and artillery. Hundreds of re-enactors from across the region make camp at the fairgrounds where 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 cavalry. Capping off the weekend, the scouts will observe several skirmish re-enactments 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.
WEEKEND EVENTS: Again this year, the 136th New York is partnering with the Angelica Merchants’ Association to expand the event by bringing activities down from the Fairgrounds and into Angelica’s Park Circle National Historic District. The following will take place downtown:
On Saturday, visit the Angelica Farmers’ Market in Park Circle from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., a Ladies’ Tea will be held at the Angelica Inn. This event is for registered re-enactors only, but visitors can observe the gentlemen escorting their ladies to the tea. The American Legion will host a chicken and biscuits dinner beginning at 3:00 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. a skirmish between the Union and Confederate armies will take place along Main Street, and President Abraham Lincoln will deliver his Gettysburg Address from the gazebo in Park Circle immediately following. In the evening, all visitors are welcome to join re-enactors at a period dance at Angelica’s Grange Hall with the “City Fiddle” band. A caller will be teaching dances of the period. Don’t miss this fantastic event.
On Sunday, Main Street will be the site of an 1860s parade and President Lincoln will once again deliver his Gettysburg Address from the gazebo immediately following.
During the weekend, A presentation titled: “Voice from the Civil War” will be presented by Eileen Patch of Endwell, NY who inherited, transcribed, researched and annotated 59 letters written by her great uncle Sergeant George Magusta Englis during his service to country between 1861 – 1865. Times and locations to be announced.
HEED YOUR COUNTRY’S CALL: Please be advised that the Angelica Police Department will enforce a “No Parking” zone from Park Circle to Center Street on Saturday Sept 19th from 2:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday Sept 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is done in an effort to make the village look as close to ‘period’ as possible, for safety of persons and property, and to accommodate the parade and skirmishes taking place along West Main Street. Persons patronizing businesses in the affected area may be permitted to stop or stand for purposes of loading or unloading vehicles for up to 15 minutes between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday September 20th. Thank you for your cooperation.
Residents are also invited, no… encouraged to dress in period clothing, decorate their homes, yards and businesses, and take an active role in helping make Angelica the “town where history lives”. The north side of Main Street represents the Union (Northern states) and the South side represents the Confederacy (Southern states). Decorating ideas include red, white and blue or blue and grey buntings and period flags.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: This event is presented by the 136th NY, the Angelica Merchants’ Association, and the Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, with generous local support provided by Community Bank, NA and East End Market. Thanks also to the Fillmore Area Betterment Association, Fillmore Pharmacy, Friendship Pharmacy, Jones Pond Campground, L.C. Whitford Company and Nicholson Pharmacy for their valued sponsorship of this event. For more information, please visit www.136thny.com, call 585-610-3145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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