Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Park, 504 W Main St, Sackets Harbor, has announced a Past and Present event, comparing the War of 1812 and present military equipment, on Saturday August 4th, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Attendees can learn about life during the War of 1812 at Sackets Harbor and compare a War of 1812-style 3-pounder cannon to a modern US Army 105mm howitzer cannon.
Members of Ft. Drum’s 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) A Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery will have their M 119 A3 howitzer and a HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle).
Visit with War of 1812 re-enactors in camp. Follow the route of the 29 May 1813 Second Battle of Sackets Harbor with living history specialists, watch laundresses cook at the campfire, and discover the North Country’s military history.
During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor’s defense included the 3rd Artillery. The village’s former Army post Madison Barracks once housed numerous artillery units who needed a place for artillery practice, and ultimately chose land that today is Ft. Drum.
At the site’s historic Navy Yard, tour the Commandant’s House, furnished to 1860, and see an exhibit on War of 1812 sailors. The Lieutenant’s House reception center, gallery and gift shop offer orientation to the site through a touch screen monitor and real-time chats with staff.
Be part of creating a “Quilt of the Day” square, try the new “Selfie” Scavenger Hunt, follow your very own “War of 1812 Soldier” Scavenger Hunt, and compete for a unique door prize.
This event will take place in the Memorial Tree Grove, located between West Main and Washington Streets.
Photo of War of 1812 re-enactors provided.