Chenango’s Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration continues tomorrow in Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE – Civil War buffs will want to mark their calendars for a program in Bainbridge tomorrow night, the second in a series of events commemorating the sesquicentennial of the war between the states.

Hosted by the Bainbridge Historical Society, the event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bainbridge Museum, 38 S. Main St.

According to BHS President Mary Drachler, the program will focus on the story of Andrew Pearsall, a Bainbridge native who fought, not for the Union Army, but for the Confederacy.

Presenter Sharon Donahe will explain how Pearsall came to wear Confederate gray instead of Union blue, as she tells his story – from his early life in Central New York and his move west as a young man to his experiences during the war and into his later years.

According to Greene Historical Society President Nancy Bromley, the Bainbridge program is the second installment of a series being hosted by historical societies around Chenango County to commemorate the Civil War. The first was sponsored by the Oxford Historical Society on April 12. The date was chosen for its historic significance, as it marked 150 years to the day on which the Confederate Army attacked Ft. Sumter, triggering the start of the Civil War.

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