Living History at Fort Totten

Bayside, NY

September 29, 2019

The Bayside Historical Society (BHS) invited us to perform a Living History in front of their Red Castle inside historic Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens. The Castle was once the Officers HQ but now serves as the museum for the BHS. Fort Totten was created during the Civil War in the even to a Confederate naval assault (that never happened) and remained in operation until the 1970s. Thanks to volunteers from the local community, the fort's land was saved from developers and is now run by the NYC Park's Department. Many functions of the NYPD and FDNY are located here. Thanks to the BHS's advertising efforts and brilliant weather, we were busy from 10am right through to closing at 4pm. We were engaged with the public constantly and thanks to the BHS getting permission from the NYPD & FDNY, we fired off our weapons! A good time had by all.


Be careful Support Arms speaking of the bayonet our collection of original CDVs We were packed Mike and Joe Ord. Sgt. Adkins the nine steps of loading and firing FIRE! Firing by rank Stacked Arms Display of Pvt. Dilse Smith Civilians The Red Castle The Lieutenant posing Charge Bayonets! School of the Soldier signing an enlistment form Practicing the fiddle Pvt. David Dilse Smith Our Historian The New Lt. Greg and Ben Pvt. McKay MUSTER ROLL