Battle for a nation

14th annual reenactment comes to Islip Grange


On Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, the 67th New York Voluntary Infantry hosted its Civil War reenactment. It was the 14th annual Civil War Weekend at the Islip Grange and the tradition began in 2009.

“Normally, when we’re traveling to events, we keep our camps simple. However, given that this is our biggest production for the year, we bring out the full works for the public to see, as our goal is to educate. We spent all day on Friday setting up and that’s when the artillery arrives,” said Max Kenny, secretary of the 67th who portrays real-life Civil War soldier, Lt. William Kent.

While the battles were the biggest draws, many eventgoers found interest in life in the 1860s, where Kenny said, Young people are also fascinated about life in general in the 1860s, as it is so alien to the 21st century. The medical tent also gets a lot of attention, as medicine was particularly medieval and gory compared to our own time.”


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