Civil War Weekend

Angelica Civil War Reenactment Weekend:

 
One hundred & fifty years ago, men from Allegany County & 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” & 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, Siege of Atlanta & Sherman’s March to the Sea.
 
This weekend, members of the modern day group who recreate those men and women of the Civil War gather in historic Angelica, NY to teach today’s young people about that era. The Western Gate District of the Allegheny    Highlands Boy Scout Council will hold its 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   & led to the formation of Crew 7136, a Venturing Crew that reenacts Company “K” of  the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered in Allegany County in 1862. Crew 7136 participates in reenactment events throughout the region. Dressed & equipped with authentic equipment, they strive to teach history to today’s youth through portraying the lives of Volunteer Infantry & civilians during the Civil War.
 
Reenactors from across the region make camp right on Main Street where they’ll eat, sleep & breathe Civil War-era life. Dressed in period attire, they’ll battle blue against grey complete with cannons & muskets. Capping off the weekend, the scouts will observe several skirmish reenactments, & then   participate in a mock battle of their own, using imitation muskets & gaining valuable insights into Civil War life


Reenactors from across the region make camp right on Main Street where they’ll eat, sleep, battle & breath Civil War-era life.
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SCHEDULE -- CIVIL WAR EVENT

(Schedule is subject to change)
  
Thursday, September 21, 2017 
Sponsoring organizations set up event site.  Early campers welcome to come and set up camp.  Wood, and Water will be available.  Reenactors are encouraged to do scenarios in the village on Thursday & Friday.  Some downtown specials may be available from merchants and restaurants.

Friday, September 22, 2017
9:00am to 2:00pm  School Education Day.  Local Schools sending classes to tour interpretive stations.  Volunteers to guide students and man stations needed!  Please contact Terry Parker if you wish to participate in the School Days.
10:00am – 10:00pm  Registration Open  Camps set up   
6:00 PM till 9:00 PM -- Reenactor Buffet Supper at the Hill Warner Post, American Legion, West Main Street. (Please Bring your own plate/utensils)
8:00PM  Officer’s Call for reenactors, Grange hall
11:00PM – All Quiet please.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:30 -9:00AM – Reenactors man living history stations and Reenactor guides prepare for scouts 
9:00 AM -- Event opens.  Camps open to the public.  
9:00 AM to Noon Living History in camps and on Main Street  (Boy Scout groups and the public will be touring camps and stations learning about the Civil War)   Volunteers from re-enacting community wishing to assist in interpretive stations or as guides for scout groups are needed   
11:00 AM – Drill Practice, all units, all branches.  All units are encouraged to drill in the Park Circle area.        
12:30PM – All units assemble for safety inspections
1:00PM  -- Civil War Battle scenario—Part I--Details to be provided later. Downtown Historic District.
1:30PM (Approx)  Bread Riot (Park Circle & West Main Streets)
1:30PM (Approx)  UNION Army Pay Call (Park Circle)
2:30 PM – 4:00PM  Ladies’ Tea at former Angelica Inn (Now 1886), West Main Street 
2:30 - 3:00 – Scout Battle on old School Field (reenactor volunteers to help direct scouts welcomed).
3:30PM – 4:00PM  Civil War Battle scenario—Part II—Details to be provided later.  On old school athletic fields.
5:00 -- Camps close to the public.
7:30 – 10:30 PM Dance with “City Fiddle” at Grange Hall 

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Pancake Breakfast served at the Hill Warner Post, American Legion, West Main Street. All you can eat pancakes & maple syrup
9:00 AM  --  Camps open.
10:00 AM  -- 1860s Church Service,  Grange hall   
10:00 AM – Catholic Mass, Former Sacred Heart Church Building, Park Circle
Noon to 12:30PM – Parade – downtown (Scout Awards presentations at end of parade)
1:00 PM – All units assemble for safety inspection 
2:00- till ?  -- Civil War Battle Scenario—Details to be announced later.  Downtown Historic District
2:00 PM  till --   Living history, public tours camps.
4:00  PM -- Event closes to the public.

Reenactors released with thanks and a safe trip home

Note:  Downtown merchants still open
We ask that you PLEASE patronize the local organizations who are providing food this weekend.  Without the support of the Legion, the Fire Department and other local not-for-profits we could not host this event!




Contact Us

 

Allegany Co. Tourism & Culture
Ph: (800) 836-1869
Ph: (585) 268-5500
E: tourism@alleganyco.com
Web: discoveralleganycounty.com

 

Allegany Co. Chamber of Commerce
Ph: (585) 268-5500 x 5425
E: ghanchett@alleganychamber.com
Web: alleganychamber.org

 

Allegany Co. Government
Web: alleganyco.com

 

Crossroads Conference Center
Route 19 (north of exit 30, I-86)
Belmont, NY 14813