About Civil War Encampment

Meriden Civil War Encampment — Here’s what we have planned
Statement Update: August 22, 2012

Civil War Remembrance Concert, Lincoln Middle School Theater
Friday, October 5, 2012, 7–8:30 pm
Era-appropriate music works and choral representing cultural aspects of the period will be presented by Meriden Arts Trust, Inc. (MAT). Tickets at $5 per person available at the door. Additional donations to support Meriden Arts Trust, Inc. will be gratefully accepted. Park free at Lincoln Middle School lot.

Civil War Commemoration Ceremony at Gravesites
Saturday, October 6, 8–8:45 a.m.

A Commemoration Ceremony at Civil War gravesites will be held at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 
817 Old Colony Road, Meriden.

Stacked Arms photo courtesy of 2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery, Pvt Mark Hubina and Diane Asselin.

Civil War Encampment, Dossin Beach Park  
Saturday, October 6, 9 am to 3 pm
Located near the original site of Camp Tyler, a training camp for the 1st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry, and the 1st Battery Connecticut Volunteer Light Artillery, the 2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery (SCVHA) will act in the roles of militia, as well as, the ancillary but indispensable players associated with the camp, such as washerwomen, cooks and blacksmiths. Our living history Encampment will portray life 
in the Union Army (not a reenactment of North-South fighting). An accurate portrayal of typical camp activities will include marching and drilling with authentic weapons such as a Gatling gun, presented 
around noon, by the soldiers of the SCVHA who will provide the entire encampment.

2d Connecticut Volunteers

2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery

Visitors will be able to wander around camp, watch drilling and demonstrations, and ask questions. This is an outdoor event—rain or shine—offering a day of entertainment, education and fun for all ages.

Special Programs and Presentations about life back then, include Meriden’s participation in the Civil War effort
At 10 a.m., a one-woman performance of 
They Called Me Lizzy, a portrayal of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hobbs Keckley, former slave who became the seamstress of Mary Todd Lincoln. Lizzy is brought to life by Stephanie Jackson of the East Haddam Stage Company.

Matthew Warshauer, Ph.D.

At 1:30 p.m. a special presentation by Matthew Warshauer, Ph.D., author of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice & Survival; co-chair of the Conn. Civil War Commemoration Committee and Professor of History at CCSU.

Additional speakers and entertainers will perform on an outdoor stage throughout the day.

Members of The Meriden Historical Society (MHS) will present a display of artifacts related to the Civil War era  in Meriden, and be on hand to answer questions.

Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) will offer its facility for the purchase of food by the Meriden Lions Club; drinks and snacks by Christmas in the Village, MHS, MAT and the QRWA.

LOCATION & PARKING:  Dossin Beach Park on the shores of Hanover Pond, Oregon Road, Meriden CT. Free public parking at Platt High School, 220 Coe Ave.; and Lincoln Middle School, 164 Centennial Ave. Handicap parking available at both schools. Free shuttle service to and from the event site provided by Hunter’s Ambulance, Inc.

For more information, email:  MeridenCivilWar [at] hotmail.com

To volunteer, see details on our Aug. 20 post “VOLUNTEERS WANTED” or email Lisa:  LionLisaP [at] yahoo.com

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