The Civil War will come alive in North Creek as the Johnsburg Historical Society commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning in 1861, this Sept. 9-11.
On Friday, Sept. 9, there will be a program at Johnsburg Central School for students in grades 4 through 8. Professional Civil War re-enactors in period uniforms will entertain and instruct students in Army life. The program will include a drill and firearms demonstration.
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. local author Glenn L. Pearsall will present “Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865” in the auditorium of the Tannery Pond Community Center.
During this special two hour “one man show” with extras, Glenn will share his two years' worth of research on the 125 men from Johnsburg who went off to war. His talk will feature more than 100 historic photographs including some pictures of those men from Johnsburg and the places they fought as they look today.
Re-enactors in uniform will read from the diaries and journals that Glenn discovered to give a real sense of what the war meant to small Adirondack hamlets like Johnsburg in 1861. His talk will cover Army life in the regiments who recruited men from Warren, Washington, Clinton and Essex Counties here in the Adirondacks.
From Aug. 26 to Sept. 21, the Widlund Gallery of Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek will feature pictures of men from Johnsburg who went off to war, including historical photographs and period flags. There will also be a display on Mathew Brady, noted Civil War photographer who was born in Johnsburg.
September 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a dramatic living history re-enactment will take place at the town Ski Bowl on NYS Rt. 28. Several professional re-enactment groups will represent the lives of men in New York regiments. The park’s offers spacious grounds, fresh water, restrooms and ample parking.
Re-enactor Jim Hunt said authenticity is paramount. The re-enactors will camp in canvas tents, cook over campfires and dress in costume. The actors will fire weapons in demonstration and conduct military drills. They even plan to have a Civil War-era wedding that will legally unite two of their members in matrimony.
For more information or to reserve a ticket for Glenn Pearsall’s program on either Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m., call 518-251-5788 and leave a message. Tickets must be picked up by ten minutes before the programs. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets are $6 for the benefit of the Johnsburg Historical Society. This entire Civil War commemoration is made possible by the Rivendell Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and friends of the Johnsburg Historical Society.