Burgh to become a battlefield

PLATTSBURGH - The Civil War is coming to town.

The Clinton County Historical Association, in conjunction with the 11th New York Battery Light Artillery and the Alexandria Battery CSA will host a Civil War reenactment this Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, on the grounds of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base off Washington Road.

Wayne and Matthew Hewson, a father-son team from West Chazy, are overseeing this year's event, excited to continue a tradition of hosting reenactments year after year in the city.

"It's growing every year," said Wayne. "We have more posters out, word of mouth is out there. So, we're hoping to have a decent crowd with decent weather."

Last year, the event received heavy rain the first day of the two-day event. However, the Hewsons said that doesn't stop the reenactors from taking the field.

"It happens rain or shine," said Wayne. "There was no stopping back then if there was rain. No matter what the weather was, the battle went on."

The free event will be the same as in years passed, said Matthew, with the exception of additional artillery for this year's battles.

"We have two more artillery pieces coming - cannons - so we're looking forward to having six guns in total on the field," said Matthew, "which will definitely up the noise."

Dannemora Federal Credit Union has also made a financial contribution toward the reenactment that will help with the expense of cannon powder, a key ingredient for the recipe to a great performance, said Wayne.

"It's nice to see they're supporting this local event," said Wayne.

When some here think of the Civil War, they don't necessarily realize it was a war that was directly connected to the North Country, said Wayne.

"When you think about the Civil War, a lot of people think about Gettysburg, but that's not the only focal point of it.

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