Civil War Reenactment
Meet the members of the 118th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry and President Lincoln at the Adirondack Museum.
Mustered into service in August of 1862, over 1,000 North Country men served in the 118th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, otherwise known as the "Adirondack Regiment." Re-enactors portraying the Regiment will camp out at the museum to showcase what life was like for Civil War soldiers. Discover the 118th assignments & movements, as well as the battles they fought. Learn about the historic moments they witnessed- including General Robert E. Lee's surrender at the Appomattox Court House. President Lincoln, portrayed by John R. Baylis, will describe his life and presidency. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to watch history unfold.
Special Program Saturday July 21 at 7 p.m.
"The Adirondacks Go To War: 1861-1865" by Glenn Pearsall.
Glenn Pearsall spent two years researching the Civil War veterans from Johnsburg, located in the southeastern Adirondacks. This special presentation will discuss the war's impact on the entire Adirondack region.
Mr. Pearsall will focus on men serving with the 22nd NY (one of the first to respond to President Lincoln's call to arms and recruited in Warren and Saratoga Counties), the 93rd (recruited from Essex, Fulton, Hamilton and Warren Counties who suffered horrific losses in the contest between U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee), the 96th or "Plattsburgh Regiment" (recruited primarily from Clinton County), the 115th (recruited from Hamilton and Fulton Counties) and the 118th or "Adirondack Regiment" (recruited from Clinton, Essex and Warren Counties, the first regiment to enter the Confederate capital in Richmond on its fall). Mr. Pearsall will also explain a special Adirondack link to the capture of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.
Excerpts from letters and journals read by a Civil War re-enactors in uniform will augment Mr. Pearsall's presentation which will also include over 100 historic photographs of soldiers and battlefield scenes now and then.