Mock battles, drills, auctions, fashion show planned for Civil War Weekend in Massena
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Union troops from the 2nd Michigan “in the field” during a previous Civil War Reenactment Weekend.

MASSENA -- Mock battles, military drills, demonstrations, auctions, displays and even a fashion show are planned for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend.

The weekend will be Saturday and Sunday July 27 and 28 at the Robert Moses State Park this year.

Union and Confederate reenactors will stage mock battles, perform military drills, talk about camp life and demonstrate such skills as coffin-making, cooking, cannon firing and medical practices.

A fashion show of Civil War-era clothing, a basket auction, historical displays, children’s games and period music will also be featured.

The military “camps” will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mock battles, hosted by the 2nd Michigan, Co. E Reenactment Unit, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will follow the Sunday battle.

The Marine Corps League St. Lawrence County Detachment will provide concessions both days.

Admission will be $4 per person, free for children age 6 and under, with a maximum charge of $15 per vehicle.

The reenactment is part of the association’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.

For more information call the association at 386-8133 or visit

The schedule follows:

Saturday, July 27th:

• 10:00 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

• 10:30 a.m. Ladies Activity: drop spinning demonstration

• Ongoing Drilling, Scenarios, Kid’s Activities, Historical displays

• Ongoing 20 min. presentations on a variety of topics, including: the story of the rebel yell, making Civil War era ammunition, the 60th NY Volunteer Infantry, Lincoln’s funeral train), Battle of Brandy Station

• Ongoing Display from the Potsdam Public Museum & Display on Lincoln’s Funeral Train

• Ongoing Civil War Era Ammunition Packaging Display & Demonstration

• 1:30 p.m. Fashion Show – The Many Layers of a 19th Century Woman

• 2:15 p.m. Basket Auction - At the pavilion

• 3:00 p.m. Battle

• 5:30 p.m. Dinner

• 7:00 p.m. Camps Close to Public

Sunday, July 28th:

• 10:00 a.m. Camps Open to the Public

• Ongoing Drilling, Scenarios, Kid’s Activities, Historical displays

• Ongoing 20 min. presentations on a variety of topics including: Abraham Lincoln, artillery at Gettysburg, Civil War Heritage Foundation

• Ongoing Chair Caning Demonstrations

•1:00 p.m. Battle and Closing Ceremonies