Date(s) & Time(s)::
October 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Location: 115 County Rt. #27, just off NY State Highway 206,(north of the blinking traffic light), Coventry NY
On the grounds of the Coventryville Congregational Church. This all day event honors Edward W. Nickerson, grandfather of Coventry native and businessman Donald Nickerson.
At 10:00 AM, and throughout the entire day, guests will stroll through the beautiful backdrop of the grounds and surrounding buildings in order to :
1) visit the Living Re-enactor Encampment of The 114th Regiment, NY Volunteers and other Re-enactor units organized by the Living History Guild, to watch them drill and perform maneuvers.
2) meet and talk to President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.
3) listen to Civil War music performed by a Civil War bagpiper.
4) meet and talk with General Ulysses S. Grant and his aide General Rawlins.
5) interact with Living History Re-enactor exhibits including : The Life of Civil War Cavalrymen and Their Horses; The Equipment They Used., The Elmira Soldiers Relief Organization., The Railroad During the Civil War and The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
6) take a guided tour of the Coventry Town Schoolhouse Museum, led by Members in period costume.
At 12:15, the guests will join the descendants of Private Nickerson, and the Living History Re-enactors, behind the 10th NY Cavalry Regimental flag and march into the Coventryville Congregational Church to the sound of Civil War music by the Oxford Brass Quintet.
At 12:30 the Commemorative Program, remembering Private Edward W. Nickerson, will be opened by Civil War historian William Searfoss. Civil War Reenactor Allan Smith will give an overview of “the horse soldier” the weapons and equipage of the men and horses of the Civil War Cavalry; Civil War author Robert Richter will describe the pivotal, July 1-3 1863, battle of Gettysburg; Civil War author & nurse Phyllis Adams will outline Edward’s medical care and the impact his wounds had on the rest of his life; Oxford historian Fred Lanfear will uncover the Oxford connection.
Museum Trustee Robin Dumais will conclude the Commemorative Program with the Gettysburg address, she will then remember all Veterans, for what they have done for our nation and community, and recognize the Veterans who are present at this Event so that they can be recognized and we can thank them all.
Led by Pastor Joyce Besemer, the Memorial Service will honor Edward Nickerson the man, through prayers, interspersed with Civil War era hymns. Afton historian Charles Decker will reveal Edward Nickerson’s family and their life before and after the war; Museum Treasurer Jan O’Shea will recite a poem written by Quartermaster T. J. Ingersoll a fellow member of the 10th NY Cavalry Regiment.
In conclusion, everyone will form a Procession, led by the bagpiper, with an honor guard of veterans and both local first responders and public officials to the Coventryville Cemetery, to visit the final resting place of Private Edward W. Nickerson. The brief Graveside Ceremony, led by Pastor Besemer, will include the playing of taps and the laying of a wreath on his headstone by great great grandson Zane Nickerson.
This Civil War Commemorative Event received the prestigious Russell J. Perllman Award Of Excellence for proposing the “Most Outstanding Project” for 2013.
All are invited including families and their children. Come, enjoy, participate.
This Event is made possible in part through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Chenango County Council of the Arts