Year in Review
Since last year’s excitement was a tough act to follow, 2018 was relatively sedate. Our Spring was filled with plenty of school programs including Smithtown Historical Society and a second visit to Old Bethpage Village Restoration. We also paid a second visit to Bald Hill Schoolhouse with our Confederate partners. In September, we had our 10th Civil War Weekend at the Grange including all the usual suspects and managed fund the whole affair ourselves. Given that we were in the ‘155th Cycle’, we joined about 6,000 fellow reenactors at Gettysburg 155. While nowhere near the scale of Sesquicentennial, the turnout was decent, and we had the most spectacular weather for July with temps barely out of the 80s and not a drop of humidity. With Cedar Creek canceled for this year (due in part to last year’s scare), we focused on Remembrance Day to close the season along with a Christmas celebration at St. John’s Church. Sadly, our ranks were touched by death once more by the passing of ex-Confederate turned Federal recruit, Bruce Dow.