Bicentennial Event to Showcase Civil War Music

Members of the 20th Maine Civil War Fife and Drum Corps will be in Chautauqua County Aug. 13 and 14 for the county’s Bicentennial History Fair at Chautauqua Suites, Mavyville. (Submitted Photo)

MAYVILLE, N.Y. – As a special addition to the Bicentennial History Fair (Aug. 13 and 14), the 20th Maine Civil War Fife and Drum Corps will participate in the military encampment that will take place on the grounds of Chautauqua Suites Conference Center during the History Fair. Throughout the two-day event they will perform period music using authentic reproduction instruments, and offer presentations on the music and the crucial role played by Fife and Drum Corps during the war.

The 20th Maine Civil War Fife & Drum Corps is a group of re-enactors dedicated to preserving our nation’s history and commemorating the sacrifices of the men and women made during the Civil War. This group is comprised of re-enactors from throughout the eastern United States who participate in numerous national events such as the Battle of Gettysburg and Bull Run. They also participate in parades and conduct living history demonstrations for community events and schools that include discussions of causes of the war, camp life, uniforms and period clothing, medicine, weapons, and performing music of the era with fifes and drums.

The 20th Maine Civil War Fife & Drum Corps is a group of re-enactors dedicated to preserving our nation’s history and commemorating the sacrifices of the men and women made during the Civil War. (Submitted Photo)

Historical roots of the 20th Maine come from the famous Joshua Chamberlain, most known for his leadership during the Battle of Gettysburg and his defense of Little Round Top. Some members of the group are descendants of the Chamberlain family; all are enthusiastic historians of our American past. Members continue to research and practice music throughout the year, ever mindful of their predecessors from the original 20th Maine, who when first mustered in, were threatened by sword from the commander because they could not carry a tune.

About the History Fair
The Bicentennial History Fair celebrates Chautauqua County’s rich and vibrant history by bringing together 54 organizations from the County that work to preserve and promote our local history. The History Fair will take place at Chautauqua Suites Conference Center on Route 394 in Mayville, on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The History Fair is a Bicentennial Passport destination, so be sure to stop at the County Historian’s booth to get your passport stamped!

For more information, contact Michelle Henry, County Historian, 753-4857 or henrym@co.chautauqua.ny.us.

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