The public is invited to attend a free event in Lewis Park, located on Main St. in Warwick, on Sat., Aug. 5 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. that will be a living history celebration. The 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry will have a Civil War Encampment set up as part of the Village’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.
The Cavalry and the Warwick Historical Society (WHS) welcome all to come and get an understanding of the period’s customs and lifestyle. Members of the Cavalry will be dressed in attire of the time and they will display the common items that would belong to a Civil War soldier, items such as a dog tent, an early style cavalry saddle and arms. In addition, people will be intrigued to learn about phrases currently used today such as “the whole Shebang,” while gaining a better understanding of their origins.
The 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry traces its roots back to the actual unit that was formed in 1863 by the State of New York. The unit served proudly and distinctively in various campaigns during the Civil War. Its highest honor was serving in the 3rd Division of Cavalry, commanded by General George A. Custer, in the Army of The Potomac. Under the general, this unit took the nickname, “The Red Neckties,” in respect and honor of General Custer, who always wore a red necktie so he would be recognized in battle.
In 1993, after 130 years, the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry was reactivated in order to preserve Civil War History and to interpret the true hardship and lifestyle of the common cavalry soldier. For more information about the 15th New York Volunteer Calvary, call Ken Colomba at 986-9810 or visit the Facebook page. For more information, or to become a member of the Warwick Historical Society call 986-3236, ext. 106 or visit www.whsny.org.