(WBNG Binghamton) The Coventry Town Museum Association will present its 8th Annual Civil War Commemorative event “Private John W. Wrench – Farmer, Family Man, Civil War Patriot,” Sunday, October 7, on the grounds of the Coventryville Congregational Church.
According to a news release issued Thursday:
“Private John W. Wrench – Farmer, Family Man, Civil War Patriot,” is an all day event honoring John W. Wrench, the great grandfather of Coventry native and bluegrass musician Ted Wrench.
The day commences at 10:30 AM. Guests, descendants of Private John W. Wrench, and Living History Re-enactors will gather together for the Civil War Country Church worship service, led by Pastor Joyce Besemer.
Throughout the entire day, guests will be able to stroll through the beautiful backdrop of the grounds and surrounding buildings and
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 General Grant and his aide General Rawlins.
3) listen to Civil War music performed by a Civil War Fife and Drum corps.and a Civil War bagpiper.
4) interact with Living History Re-enactor exhibits : The Elmira Soldiers Relief Organization., The Railroad During the Civil War and The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
5) take a guided tour of the Coventry Town Schoolhouse Museum, led by Members in period costume.
The Commemorative Program honoring Coventry native son Private John W. Wrench commences at 2:00 PM. Led by Civil War historian William Searfoss, Afton historian Charles Decker will reveal John’s family and their life before and after the war; Civil War author Robert Richter will describe John’s volunteering for duty in 1862, his courageous service, and the pivotal 1864 Third Battle of Winchester during which John was severely injured; nurse Phyllis Adams will outline John’s medical care and the impact his wounds had on the rest of his life.
Led by Museum Association Members Douglas and Joyce Besemer and accompanied by Carol Bartlett, Civil War Period music and audience sing-alongs will intersperse these presentations.
An old fashioned pig roast will be served later in the afternoon. This will be followed by a trip to visit the site of John W. Wrench’s farm and to participate in a ceremony at his final resting place in the Glenwood Cemetery.
All are welcome to attend and encouraged, but not required, to wear a period outfit or bring a special Civil War item. Come to: County Road #27, just off NY State Highway 206 (north of the blinking traffic light).