The St. Lawrence County Historical Association, in partnership with St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum (SLPEM), will host their annual Civil War reenactment weekend this Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st.
Fort Tribute, a Civil War-Era historical stockade replica and interpretive center, was built at SLPEM in 2019 to honor soldiers from our county. “Sutlers” (those who sold provisions to soldiers) will have a store on this military post, with merchandise such as toy muskets, kepis (caps) and bonnets, as well as an array of high-quality reenacting gear.
Highlights of the event include the encampment areas for the Union (nine) and Confederate (10) units; historical demonstrations, such as period cooking (common soldier’s meal), and 1860s women’s fashion; plus demonstrations of artillery firing and a Children’s Muster, which illustrates how members in a military unit are formally gathered, especially for inspection.
Live battle reenactments will be held on Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. Balladeer Linda Russell will perform “The New York Volunteer: Songs and Stories of the Civil War.” Russell accompanies herself on hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar and penny whistle.
Additional attractions at SLPEM include a one-room schoolhouse, carriage house, log cabin, heritage fibers building, blacksmith shop, farmhouse, and more. Food will be available on site.
This program will be held at the SLPEM, located at 1755 NY-345 in Madrid. For more information, call (315) 386-8133, e-mail Tracy@slcha.org, or visit the SLCHA website.
Photo of Fort Tribute with soldier monument at SLPEM provided.