NORWICH – The Civil War commemorative weekend presented by the Chenango County Council of the Arts and the Chenango Historical Society went extremely well, said Historical Society Director Alan Estus. The weekend was in celebration and remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.
The event began last Thursday with a display by the 61st New York volunteer regiment re-enactors, who spent the weekend camped out on the lawn of the museum. According to Jim Heine, president of the 61st volunteer re-enactors, although the group travels all across the east coast participating in various battles and events, visiting Chenango County is one of their favorites for the simple reason of the people they get to meet.
Although the 61st volunteer regiment was in actuality comprised of soldiers from Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties, none of the men who volunteer in the group are from New York.