Civil War reenactment this weekend


The 13th annual event will take place this year on Oct. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. There is free admission and parking. The event is hosted by the 67th New York Volunteer Infantry, the First Long Island Volunteers, with help from Co. C, the 9th Virginia, Co. B, and the 30th Virginia, the 6th New York Battery, the 10thNew York Cavalry, the Sons and Daughters of the Union Veterans, and the Town of Islip.

Volunteers invite the public to step into the 1860s and witness battles between the Blue & the Gray, visit their camps, listen to period music, and immerse themselves in the life of this most extraordinary time in America’s history.

There will be about 25 members on either side, plus a calvary and artillery crew.

“If you ask any one person, they will give you different answers,” said co-organizer, secretary and webmaster Max Kenny, when asked why they continue to do the reenactment. “But there is one thing we have in common: we are all major history buffs.”

The event, he explained, is not one particular battle or another, but rather a historically accurate reenactment of how any given battle might have occurred. Kenny will be on the field in uniform acting as a lieutenant, captain’s right-hand man.

“Please come on down. The event is free. Our mission is to educate the public on history and to preserve history,” he added, noting the event is family-friendly.

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