Angelica Civil War Reenactment Weekend:
One hundred & fifty years ago, men from Allegany County & the surrounding area gathered at what is now known as the “Parade Grounds” in Letchworth State Park. In 1862, it was known as “Camp Williams” & served as the mustering point for over 1,000 of these men, who became the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry. They marched forth from that camp to the places we’ve all read about in history texts... places with names like Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Siege of Atlanta & Sherman’s March to the Sea.
This weekend, members of the modern day group who recreate those men and women of the Civil War gather in historic Angelica, NY to teach today’s young people about that era. The Western Gate District of the Allegheny Highlands Boy Scout Council will hold its Civil War Camp-o-ree at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
The camp-o-ree has fueled a new interest in Civil War history by the scouts & led to the formation of Crew 7136, a Venturing Crew that reenacts Company “K” of the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry, which was mustered in Allegany County in 1862. Crew 7136 participates in reenactment events throughout the region. Dressed & equipped with authentic equipment, they strive to teach history to today’s youth through portraying the lives of Volunteer Infantry & civilians during the Civil War.
Reenactors from across the region make camp right on Main Street where they’ll eat, sleep & breathe Civil War-era life. Dressed in period attire, they’ll battle blue against grey complete with cannons & muskets. Capping off the weekend, the scouts will observe several skirmish reenactments, & then participate in a mock battle of their own, using imitation muskets & gaining valuable insights into Civil War life
Reenactors from across the region make camp right on Main Street where they’ll eat, sleep, battle & breath Civil War-era life.
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