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MASSENA - The rebel yell resounded 150 years ago in Fredericksburg, Va., as Union forces attempted to wrest the city from Confederate hands. A portion of this 1862 battle will be reenacted at the 11th annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend Saturday and Sunday at Robert Moses State Park, sponsored by SeaComm Federal Credit Union.

The Civil War Reenactment Weekend is part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861. In addition to SeaComm Federal Credit Union, other sponsors include Gene and Connie Barto, Niles Asset Management, Stewart’s Shops, and Gouverneur VFW Post 6338.

The schedule for Civil War Reenactment Weekend (subject to change) is:

Both Saturday & Sunday:

Food Concession provided by the Marine Corps League, St. Lawrence County Detachment 408

Encampment of soldiers – Camp Life during the Civil War

Children’s Toys and Games

Displays at the Pavilion (period artifacts, historical exhibits, souvenirs)

Several pieces of artillery on display

Saturday:

10 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

Ongoing Drilling, Scenarios, Kid’s Activities, Historical displays

Ongoing Firing Demonstrations & “Hands-on” Museum

10:45 a.m. Touched by Fire: Evolution of Civil War Weapons

11:30 a.m. Mary Todd Lincoln

12 p.m. Story of the Rebel Yell

12:30 p.m. General Isaac & Mrs. Ann Trimble, CSA

1:30 p.m. The Many Layers of a 19th Century Woman [Fashion Show]

2:15 p.m. Basket Auction

3 p.m. Battle Reenactment – Battle of Fredericksburg

4 p.m. United States Sanitary Commission

7 p.m. Camps Closed

Sunday:

10 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

Ongoing Drilling, Scenarios, Kid’s Activities, Historical displays

Ongoing Firing Demonstrations & “Hands-on” Museum

11 a.m. Disease and the Civil War [at surgeon’s tent, 12th US Infantry camp]

11:30 a.m. Irish in the Military

12 p.m. Touched by Fire: Evolution of Civil War Weapons

1 p.m. Battle and Closing Ceremonies

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association presents the weekend, which is hosted by the 2nd Michigan, Co. E Reenactment Unit. Admission is $4 per person per day, free for children 6 and under. The maximum you will pay, no matter how many passengers are in a vehicle, is $15. Trunks will not be checked for Confederate spies.

For more information, call SLCHA at 315-386-8133, e-mail info@slcha.org, or visit the website at www.slcha.org

The military camps are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Mock battles will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will follow the Sunday battle. The Marine Corps League, St. Lawrence County Detachment 408 provides a food concession both days.

Reenactors from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec, are expected to attend, including, Mary Todd Lincoln, several generals, and sutlers (vendors of period goods and clothing).

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