Sep 29, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
This weekend, Civil War re-enactors are at Fort Harrison near Richmond Virginia,, commemorating the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights, also known as Chaffin's Farm, This battle has special significance to the re-enactors of the 6th Infantry Regiment US Colored Troops. The historic 6th USCT, fighting as part of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, I8th Corps, won 3 Medals of Honor at this engagement in September 1864. We'll walk the hallowed ground and tell visitors the story about sacrifice and valor. It was especially satisfying to see a group of five young troopers from the 38th USCT, no older than 12, visiting the event. I felt great pride in telling them about this battle to those who could possibly be telling the story themselves one day. We're kind of getting long in the tooth, and the black reenactment community is young and still small. But such future considerations are the furthest thing from their mind. The two questions they had for me were "Do you get paid for doing this?" and "How heavy is it?", referring to the replica 1861 Springfield rifle I carry. The questioner expressed disappointment and disdain when I told him that we were all volunteers. The second question boys inevitably ask whenever I appear at an event.
Sep 22, 2009
1st Rhode Island Regiment.
Revolutionary War living history program
event site: http://www.nps.gov/feha/planyourvisit/events.htm
event sponsor: National Park Service
event contact: (212) 825-6888
from Google Calendar
Sep 11, 2009
The summer's over and we have an action packed fall reenactment season coming up. Our 1st Rhode Island Regiment reenactors are scheduled to be at a the Federal Hall National Memorial where, on September 24th, the National Park Service is holding a special program on the American Revolution - September 1776. Program hours 10:00 - 4:00.
The 6th Regiment is gearing up for the 145th commemoration of the Battle of New Market Heights(a.k.a. Chaffins Farm) in Virginia, on September 26 & 27. At this battle the historic 6th Regiment USCT earned 2 medals of honor. Events include battlefield tours, living history encampments, weapons firing demonstrations, exhibits and displays. Speakers will discuss the role of African American troops in the battles before Richmond. Program hours are Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday 10:00 - 4:00.
Information on these and other events will be posted on our website.