21st Annual Civil War Weekend
The Peterboro Civil War Weekend Committee announces plans for the 21st Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend to be held on June 8 and 9, 2013. The annual event continues the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Peterboro had a pivotal role in the ignition of the Civil War because of Gerrit Smith, who was an influential leader in anti-slavery efforts – a movement that led to the Civil War. Smith’s support of John Brown caused a direct ignition of the Civil War.
For two decades the Peterboro encampment has demonstrated many aspects of military and civilian life in the mid-1800s. In recent years exhibits and programs on abolition and the Underground Railroad have been added. The 2013 program will continue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Each summer, on the second weekend in June, the Smithfield Community Association and the Town of Smithfield hold the annual Civil War Weekend.
Peterboro invites everyone to visit and experience what life was like 150 years ago. After visiting the soldiers camps enjoy the music, drama, storytelling, and period craft demonstrations. Come for a day, wander through Confederate and Union camps and listen to the stories of the men and women. Watch them drill for the battle. Each afternoon, hear the sound of cannons booming and muskets cracking. The smoke of gun powder will rise as the north and south face off for a very realistic battle reenactment.
We especially would like to thank the 12th U.S. Infantry, a Civil War living history unit from Syracuse, NY. for organizing the reenactors. We could not hold this annual fundraising event without them.
The Civil War Weekend is organized and operated completely by volunteers. All profits from the weekend are used to continue the work of preserving and restoring the historic sites in Peterboro. Thank You.