The Lincoln Depot Museum has announced the first event of their fall line-up has been set for Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 7:30 pm. This living history talk will be led by Bill Wienecke, and focus on the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry.
The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, also known as “Duryée’s Zouaves”, was a volunteer infantry regiment of the Union Army, during the American Civil War, led by Colonel Abram Duryée. Modeled, like other Union and Confederate infantry regiments, on the French Zouaves of Crimean War fame, its tactics and uniforms were different from those of the standard infantry.
A retired history teacher of 35 years from the Somers Central School District in Somers, New York, Bill Wienecke is a “living history” re-enactor whose portrayals include; General George Washington, Revolutionary Continental Line 5th NY infantry, 3rd Westchester, NY Militia, French and Indian War period Verplank’s NY Provincials as well as a living history portrayal of an officer and private in the famous Civil War regiments; Duryee’s Zouaves 5th NY Volunteers Co. D \ 95th NY Warren Riffles, of which he is the living history organization’s president.
Bill has taken part in historic re-enactments including anniversaries of: The 225th Battle of Yorktown, Virginia, the 225th Battle of Saratoga, the 150th Battle of Gettysburg, the 150th Battle of Second Bull Run, the 250th Battle of Fort Niagara and the 250th Battle of Fort Carillon reenactments, along with numerous others historic commemorations. He has done presentations as “His Excellency” at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, the Purdy House in White Plains, Fort Ticonderoga and at various schools, scout and DAR gatherings.
Admission is $10 per person and free to museum members.
The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S. Water Street in Peekskill, NY. For further information visit their website or call (914) 402-4318.
Photo of 5th New York Volunteer Infantry re-enactors provided.