Coventry Civil War re-enactment to take to the battlefield

COVENTRY – The Coventry Town Museum Association is drumming up publicity for its 10th annual Civil War commemorative event, set to start at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 on the grounds of the Coventryville Congregational Church in Coventry.

Each year since 2005, the Coventry Museum Association has paid tribute to those who fought in the Civil War as well as the veterans of every war since. The day-long event is a chance to specifically honor a Civil War veteran from the Chenango County area.

This year, the organization will salute Private John Shaver – stonemason, family man and Civil War infantryman. Shaver, a Coventry native, has numerous descendants who live throughout the Southern Tier, including places in Chenango, Cortland, and Broome counties.

“This is always such a great, family-friendly event where people don’t just watch, but also have a chance to be involved,” said Coventry Town Museum Association President Janine Hakim. “And it’s something that people can immediately relate to what is going on now, and the similar struggles veterans face today.”

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