"Follow the North Star" remembers Civil War

By Alicia Nieves

April 27, 2014 Updated Apr 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Commemorative shots were fired outside the Phelps Museum in Binghamton Sunday as history enthusiasts observed the anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 1865.

At least 30 Civil War re-enactors were on-hand to pay tribute to the nearly 750,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the war.

"It was a horrible, horrible thing and we commemorate it, we honor our ancestors," said Bonnie Baker-Duff , a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Many of the re-enactors were dressed as Civil War soldiers from both the north and south.

They fired riffles, played music, and displayed artifacts from the Civil War era.

The annual event takes place on the last Sunday of April because it is the same month the Civil War ended in 1865.

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