WESTFIELD, NY – The annual tradition of the 9th NY Cavalry encampment is once again ready to take place in Westfield’s Moore Park.
“Standing Ground: a Civil War Living History Event” will run from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12.
The event features members of the 9th Cavalry setting up camp in the park and offer living history throughout the weekend. Events will include:
- A flag raising ceremony (9 a.m. Saturday),
- Drills and demonstrations (10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday)
- Craft demonstrations for children (throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoon)
- Candlelight tours around the camp (8 p.m. Saturday),
- And a Civil War church service at St. Peters Episcopal Church (10 a.m. Sunday).
CIVIL WAR LETTER READING RETURNS
The very popular “Letters from the War” letter reading program will return once again this year, with members of the 9th Cavalry and other invited guests reading aloud letters that were written by area soldiers while serving during the Civil War.
This year the program will focus on letters that were written by the Cushing family, which includes correspondences from Civiil War heroes Alonzo and William Cushing, both of Fredonia.
The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church next to the park.
In addition to the 9th NY Cavalry, which is hosting the event, other reenactment groups expected to be on hand include the 64th Virginia Cavalry, 4th South Carolina Infantry, 20th Maine Fife & Drum Corps and Cushing’s Battery A of the 4th Artillery.
The encampment weekend will continue Sunday, with the groups departing Sunday afternoon. The encampment, along with all other related events, is free and open to the public.
In addition to the encampment, the Chautauqua County Historical Society will also host its 2016 Summer Gala fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday night, June 11. That event costs $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting the historical society.
For more information on the encampment and summer gala, call the Chautauqua County Historical Society at (716) 326-2977.