Civil War Weekend Observes Sesquicentennial

(Peterboro, NY – June 2012) The 20th annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend has finalized the Sesquicentennial 2012 program schedule for June 9 and 10. Activities include a children’s area, Civil War authors, Civil War Heritage Foundation, Civil War round tables, demonstrators, domestic encampment, food concessions, Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark; military Civil War units, encampment, activities and exercises; National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum; Peterboro Area Museum; Peterboro United Methodist Church bake sale; shopping at general store, Peterboro Mercantile, and Sutlers; and vendors.

On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m.

10 a.m.: Brookfield Historical Society (all day)

10:30 a.m.: Faces of Madison and Oneida Counties in the Civil War, Matthew Urtz

11 a.m.: Infantry Tactics during the Civil War, Neil MacMillan; 1862: Gerrit Smith Bids Farewell to the 157th NY Volunteers: Dick Enders and 157th (reenacting); and Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department chicken barbeque

11:30 a.m. John Brown’s Raid: To Do Battle in the Land: Film

Noon: 10th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend (video), walking tour of Peterboro with Donna Burdick and Beth Spokowsky and Peterboro Civil War (2009 video by Cathryn Lahm)

1 p.m.: Daily Life of a Union Army Soldier: David Kurtz and Civil War Music: 77th NY Regimental Volunteers

2 p.m.: Skirmish

3 p.m.: Civil War Music: 77th NY Regimental Volunteers; The Darkness of Day, Rochelle Hamel; and 1862: Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation: Jessica Clarke and Jack Baylis aka Lincoln

5 p.m.: Admission gates close.

8 p.m.: Hard Times Come Again No More: America’s Heart Songs, 77th NY Regimental Balladeers Concert (admission $10)

On Sunday, June 10, at 7 a.m., the Peterboro United Methodist Church will host a pancake breakfast. Gates open at 10 a.m.

11 a.m.: Infantry Tactics during the Civil War Neil MacMillan

Noon: Grand Army of the Republic: Earl Allen and Dorothy Prentice; The Terrible Swift Sword: Abolitionists and the Civil War: Milton C. Sernett Ph.D.; Walking Tour of Peterboro: Donna Burdick and Beth Spokowsky and Peterboro Civil War (2009 video by Cathryn Lahm)

1 p.m.: Daily Life of a Union Army Soldier: David Kurtz and Civil War Music: Merry Mischief

2 p.m.: Skirmish

3 p.m.: Civil War Music: Merry Mischief and The Darkness of Day, Rochelle Hamel

3:45 p.m.: TAPS: Cheryl Pula, Brad Smalley and Greg Smalley

4 p.m.: Admission gates close.

The event is sponsored by the Smithfield Community Association, the town of Smithfield, and generous donors. The host unit for the event is the 12th Regiment U.S. Infantry, Co. A. (reenacting). Visitors to the event will receive program schedules, locations, maps and other information on the event at admission. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for under 6 years. Free parking. For more information, call (315) 280-8828 or visit civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org.

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