Meadville Tribune

August 15, 2013

Civil War encampment coming to Diamond

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — The 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry of Crawford County “Bucktail Unit” presents “Muster In The Park: A Civil War Encampment” on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend in Meadville’s Diamond Park.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will travel back in time to the 1860s and commemorate the enlistment of the area’s “boys in blue” that took place at the park more than 150 years ago!

To a background of period music, uniformed soldiers, women and children dressed in period attire will go about their daily lives.

There will be cooking demonstrations, military drills, period games and fashion shows. Additionally, fife and drum performances, “The Venango Brigade” and “Parlor Strings” will be spotlighted in the gazebo. Come and watch the soldiers skirmish in the streets followed by a medical demonstration and care of the wounded. The medical demonstration could be disturbing to some — discretion is advised

Blacksmithing and period dancing demonstrations will take place throughout the two-day event. Talks about prominent Meadville residents during the Civil War will be presented, as well as the role of local women in the Sanitary Commission. Take a peek into the secret lives of women during the Civil War and their contribution as spies and soldiers.

Cannon, Gaitlin gun and cavalry demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Mourning presentations, quilting and sewing demonstrations and wool spinning will take place.

Walk through the military camps and see what a soldier’s life was like during the war.

Watch the soldiers and listen to narration as they do marching and drilling; ask them questions and observe their supplies, rations and living conditions.

Stop by the “recruitment tent” and see how you can become a 150th Bucktail.

Aug. 31 at dusk, come watch the night fire of muskets and cannon.

On the morning of Sept. 1, a public Civil War religious revival church service will be held in the park. The re-enactors will be dressed in their period clothing as they join to worship with the community and to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their cause and country. A collection will be taken for the statue fund during this time.

That afternoon, there will be a memorial bell ringing to honor those who served in the Civil War from the 150th Bucktails. Those in attendance will then be invited to share in the ceremony by adding names from their own family’s ancestors. As the bell tolls the names, we will remember their last full measure of devotion.

The ceremony will end with the playing of Taps.

This is a free event open to the public of all ages. However, donations will be accepted for the Bucktails’ Save Our Statue project — restoration of the Civil War statue in Diamond Park.

Commemorative tokens will be available for a $10 donation. There will be food available for purchase.

The tenative schedule:

-Aug. 31, the event opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. with cannon fire and closes at 9 p.m. with Taps

-Sept. 1, the event opens at 9 a.m. The public Civil War church service starts at 10 a.m. with “The Parlor Strings” providing period music. There will be limited seating. Please consider bringing a folding chair for your comfort.  At approximately 12:30 p.m. the Memorial Bell Ringing ceremony will take place to remember the Civil War veterans of the Bucktails. Activities continue throughout the park until closing at 2 p.m.