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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Civil War encampment set

  • Ending an outstanding season with a program of interest to the whole family, the Equinunk Historical Society will host a lively Civil War Encampment on Saturday., Sept. 29.
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  • — Ending an outstanding season with a program of interest to the whole family, the Equinunk Historical Society will host a lively Civil War Encampment on Saturday., Sept. 29.
    The entire summer season consisted of programs commemorating this area's participation in that history-changing conflict. These programs were well attended and well received.
    This last program in the series, arguably Equinunk's first Civil War Encampment in 150 years, will be held either on the grounds of the Calder Museum in the center of Equinunk, or, if the attendees are too numerous, will relocate to the grounds of the Equinunk United Methodist Church, also in the center of Equinunk.
    Bring your whole family and learn what life was like for the north's soldiers and their families. The program will begin at 1 p.m., and will be coordinated by Dennis Burnitt.
    In Mr. Burnitt's words, "This group represents the 143rd New York State Volunteer Infantry from Sullivan County, NY.
    "They recreate a civil war encampment with tents, equipment and weapons, while wearing appropriate uniforms. Members discuss and explain what we are seeing. They are very proud of one of their Civil War members, Thomas Collins, who won the Medal of Honor."
    In the July/August/September, 2011 issue of the Wayne County Historical Society newsletter, Ann O'Hara and Gloria McCullough published a story about Manchester Township.
    It states, "Manchester township's finest hour came during the Civil War when it sent the highest proportion of its population of any township in Pennsylvania as volunteers ... 121 went to war with only 100 returning, many of those maimed or crippled. In addition, many others volunteered in New York State."
    Call the Society for more information or directions at 570-224-6722.

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