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Cannon Fire and Muskets on Main Street! Music, Food, and a Bread Riot! The 15th Annual Civil War Reenactment in Angelica

Angelica is a ‘Town Where History Lives’ and no better way to fulfill that motto than to have a reenactment of one of the most significant historical events in this country’s existence, The American Civil War.  It’s not just about muskets and cannons but an up-close look at what it was like to live in the 1860’s during a time of war.

The Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America and the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry “The Ironclads” have teamed up again this year to provide this spectacular event. 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 will battle blue against grey complete with cannons and muskets. The scouts will be camping at the Allegany County Fairgrounds just up the hill from Angelica and observe several skirmish reenactments and then participate in a mock battle of their own, using imitation muskets & gaining valuable insights into Civil War life. In addition, local schools are invited to attend on Friday to talk with and observe the reenactors throughout town.

The ‘Battle of Gettysburg, First Day’ will be the focus of the 2018 Reenactment.   Colonel Tom Vossler, a licensed battle field guide at Gettysburg, will provide authoritative presentations of the battles, as well as a presentation on the ‘Allegany County Soldiers at Gettysburg’. Angelica, NY is uniquely suited to provide the backdrop for the First Day of Gettysburg with battles occurring directly on Historic Main Street.

New this year will be ‘Dressing the Lady’ a clothing demonstration with a live model that shows all the layers underneath for both the wealthy and the worker.  This will be demonstrated at the old Angelica Inn.

Also new this year is a re-creation of the Richmond Bread Riot by the civilian component of the re-enactors. The Richmond Bread Riot was an uprising of women in Richmond, Va., over the inflation and food shortages experienced by the South during the war. It is an often-overlooked event in history education. This re-creation will take place on historic Main Street at noon on Saturday.

And Abraham Lincoln will be around to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

Our local radio station, WRAQ-LP 92.7 FM, has lined up music performances that will be sure to get your foot tapping and target songs that convey the era of the Civil War.

Food will be available to include Turkey Legs, Chicken BBQ, Corn on the Cob, Ice Cream, Gravy and Biscuits, Belgian Waffles with Strawberries, Beef on Weck, Pulled Pork, Salt Potatoes, all you can eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Hot dogs, and more.

The Angelica Farmer’s Market will be open with fresh produce, honey, flowers, Amish baked goods, crafts and other interesting items.

So please join us, there is plenty to experience, plenty to eat, plenty to enjoy.

Angelica is located in the heart of Allegany County, at Exit 31 of I-86, Southern Tier Expressway.  The Civil War Reenactment in Angelica is supported by many good local businesses and volunteers.  The Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America and the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry are the driving force behind the event and provide the key value to guests and visitors.   For more information; email angelicaboosters@gmail.com; visit www.136thny.com, or Angelica Civil War Reenactment on Facebook.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Angelica Civil War Reenactment

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – September 21 – 23

Park Circle & Main Street – Angelica

Civil War Reenactment on Main Street /  Old-Time Live Music at Gazebo / Farmer’s Market / Bread Riot / Encampments on Main Street / Cannons and Muskets / Food / Displays-Exhibits-Demonstrations / Pancake Breakfast Sunday / Chicken BBQ / Dancing / Old time dress / More

15th Annual Event Civil War Reenactment in Angelica is supported by many good local businesses and volunteers.  The Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America and the 136th New York Volunteer Infantry are the driving force behind the event and provide the key value to guests and visitors.

angelicaboosters@gmail.com

www.136thny.com

on Facebook –  Angelica Civil War Reenactment

 

Civil War Reenactment Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 21, 2018

9:00am to 2:00pm  School Education Day.  Local Schools sending classes to tour interpretive stations.    No battles on Friday.

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

9:00 AM to Noon Living History in camps and on Main Street  (Boy Scout groups and the public will be touring camps and stations learning about the Civil War).   Food and Farmer’s Market Vendors are open until 5 PM with music throughout the day.

10:30AM – Gettysburg Address – with Abraham Lincoln

11:00 AM – ‘Dressing the Lady’ – Old Angelica Inn  

12:00 PM – Bread Riot – Downtown Historic District

1:00PM  — Civil War Battle scenario—Part I–Downtown Historic District

2:00PM  — Allegany County Soldiers at Gettysburg – Colonel Tom Vossler

2:30 – 3:00 – Scout Battle on old School Field

3:30PM – 4:00PM  Civil War Battle scenario—Part II— On old school athletic fields.

5:00 — Camps close to the public.

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

8:00AM – Pancake Breakfast served at Legion.  All you can eat pancakes & maple syrup

9:00 AM  —  Camps open, music and food throughout the day

10:00 AM – 1860s Church Service,  Grange hall.  Catholic Mass, Former Sacred heart Church Building, Park Circle

11:00 AM – ‘Dressing the Lady’ – Old Angelica Inn

Noon to 12:30PM – Parade – downtown (Scout Awards presentations at end of parade)

1:00PM – Gettysburg Address – with Abraham Lincoln

2:00- 3:00 — Civil War Battle Scenario—Details to be announced later.  Downtown Historic District

3:00PM  — Allegany County Soldiers at Gettysburg– Colonel Tom Vossler

2:00 to 4:00PM—   Living history, public tours camps.

4:00  PM — Event closes.