Coventry to host 9th annual event to honor local Civil War vet

COVENTRY – The Coventry Town Museum is set to present its 9th annual Civil War Commemorative Event beginning at 10 a.m, Sunday, Oct. 13. Each year, the Coventry Town Museum Association honors one of the area’s Civil War veterans. This year's event will honor Private Edward W. Nickerson, “Master Tradesman, Family Man, Civil War Cavalryman.” It will be held on the grounds of the Coventryville Congregational Church, 115 County Road 27, Coventry.

Edward W. Nickerson is the grandfather of Coventry native and businessman Donald Nickerson.

This year's program received the Russell J. Perllman Award of Excellence for proposing the “Most Outstanding Project” for 2013.

According to Vice President of the Coventry Town Museum Association Janine Hakim, attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful backdrop of the grounds and surrounding buildings throughout the day.

The day will feature the Living Re-enactor Encampment of The 114th Regiment, NY Volunteers, as well as other re-enactor units organized by the Living History Guild.

Visitors will be able to meet and speak with President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. General Ulysses S. Grant and General Rawlins will also be present – in the form of re-enactors – so that guests can strike up conversation. Hakim added there will also be Civil War music presented by a Civil War bagpiper.

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