Civil War Reenactment Underway in Congress Park
The Civil War has taken over Saratoga’s Congress Park this weekend. Wearing outfits similar to those worn in the 1860s and carrying mostly replica military equipment from that same period, people from around the northeastern U.S. have converged on Saratoga for the sixth annual Civil War Encampment.
Period equipment and uniforms
Organizers of the event say it’s an opportunity to show what it was like to live in an encampment during the war. And people such as Dave Henderson of Gloversville say it’s just a lot of fun.
Participants have set up tents and other equipment on the eastern side of Congress Park along Circular Street. They have fires going and are cooking their own food in the fashion of civil war-era people. Most spent Saturday night in their tents.
Sara Decker stirs dinner while Jory Maloney prepares firewood
The encampment is hosted by the Friends of New York State Military Museum. The hope is to bring greater awareness to the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The encampment continues on Sunday. It features period music performances, booths containing Civil War artifacts, drill teams, artillery demonstrations, and of course reenactments.
(from left) Jack Ladd of Saratoga, Harvey Robinson of Albany and Jonah Chang of Saratoga
Todd Turnbull of Charlton New York enjoys a moment of contemplation
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