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For this year's ceremony at our monument on Culp's Hill, we decided to commemorate this special anniversary by re-enacting part of 1888 dedication of the monument. We also place a wreath at the 65th NY monument as many of the veterans from the First Long Island reenlisted with them once they were formally mustered out in June 1864.
Very cold this for this year's parade but not unbearable in the woolens. This was our first time marching with the U.S. Volunteers and with twenty men marching we formed our own Company for the first time. Another change for this special anniversary...Hardee Hats!
On the Sunday morning after Remembrance Day, we hired a tour guide to cover Culp's Hill where the original 67th NY, First Long Island fought during the battle. While skies were blue, it was bloody freezing with temps in the 20s. Our guide did an excellent job covering everything in 90 minutes.
We kicked off the program with a performance by Matt Bursig and Sean Sullivan of the 52nd New York of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
In this clip, Sgt. William Kent (Max Kenny) talks about the Soldiers' uniforms and gear.
Here we teach about the Soldiers' health and their weaponry.
Here we cover the Manual of Arms and Stacking Arms.
We concluded with Bob Costello's performance as Abraham Lincoln climaxing with the Gettysburg Address.
We saw a lot of action on Saturday. In addition to our scheduled battle we had three impromptu tacticals during the day.
We got through Saturday night's powerful line of storms with minimal damage and had spectacular fall weather for the rest of Sunday.
We attracted plenty of cameras to the Grange this weekend including that of SMARTSCANMEDIA who shot this excellent footage of our event.
This video was filmed by Brian Jingeleski on the Saturday of our event and later broadcast on Cablevision's Channel 12 News.
We set up camp early on Friday as Fifth Company under the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, of our new battalion, the U.S. Volunteers. This includes a stroll on the event's massive Sutler's Row and a performance of the Bonnie Blue Flag by the Second Carolina String Band.
Saturday's battle scenario was of the Wheatfield. Special thanks to Eileen Minella for shooting this scenario.
A slice of camp life early on Sunday morning.
The finale that we had waited for... Pickett's Charge. The skies started out bright and sunny but as if right on cue the heavens opened and down came the deluge just as the last shots were fired. Special thanks to Eileen Minella for shooting this scenario.
After Gettysburg 150, Your Correspondent ascended to the cupola of the recently renovated and reopened Gettysburg Seminary Museum that played a critical role in the first day of battle and subsequently used as a hospital.
The Missing in America Project (MIAP) reached out to us about assisting with the interment of the remains of two Civil War soldiers. We in turn reached out to our friends in the community including George Munkenbeck of Co. H, 14th Brooklyn, the 10th NY Cavalry, and the Daughters of Union Veterans. Even more appropriate and by sheer coincidence, these two Civil War veterans (Henry Eggers and Emanuel Lederer) belonged to the 39th NY, better known as the Garibaldi Guard for which there is a current Living History group based only just upstate. The 39th NY sent several of their men down to help and haul the caisson carrying the remains to the ceremony.
For this year's program, we recorded the 10th New York Cavalry's performance for the kids.
Kicking off the season with our brand new Grand National. This was our first year marching in the Center Moriches Saint Pat's Parade.
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