Coventry commemorates Civil War

By Perry Russom

October 13, 2013 Updated Oct 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM EDT

Coventry, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Coventry Town Museum remembered the American Civil War on Sunday.

A dozen Civil War reenactors dressed up in their wartime clothing showing off what uniforms and life was like more than 150 years ago.

It was the museums 9th annual Civil War Commemorative Event.

One message from Sunday's event was learning the nation's history, so it doesn't repeat itself in the future.

"It's also very important that our citizens remember the sacrifices that the men and the women made during the Civil War," said Bonnie Baker-Duff, president of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. "It was the most horrific war. More people died in the Civil War than in all of the wars combined that the United States has been involved in."

The war was a turning point in our nation's history as the Union and Confederacy fought for four year with more than half of one million soldiers killed.

"We all forget," said Josiah Pearson of the Town of Maine. He was there with his sons. "I realize that I'm learning a whole lot as I come out and I'm hoping that he'll pick up on some of the history, talk to some of the folks about what's going on especially with the conflicts we have now, the ones that are all recent, they don't understand that these things that have been going on for hundreds of years and what really happened."

A handful of different local civil war organizations were there to teach some of the important Civil War facts.

The events organizers say they're planning a bigger celebration next year for their 10th anniversary.

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