'Living History' of Civil War in Shelton

During this 150-year anniversary of the American Civil War everyone from privates to Abraham Lincoln will be at the Civil War Living History Day on the grounds of Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road, Saturday, Oct. 6, 10-4p.m.

Several members of Company F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry will portray the original regiment, give firing demonstrations, set up their camp and answer questions for the public.

The 14th regiment marched and fought with Lincoln's Army, the Army of the Potomac, and took part in 34 battles and skirmishes. The 14th lost more men killed in battle, in proportion to its size, and captured more prisoners, cannon and battle flags than any other Connecticut regiment.

Company F offers the military and civilian aspects of the era. In addition to presenting the life of the common soldier, Bill Mellow, a retired pastry chef, portrays a company cook, and demonstrates period cooking over an open fire. Its civilian re-enactors present the contributions of the U.S. Christian Commission and those of the home front to the success of the Union armies.

A misconception of the Civil War is that it was fought exclusively by white Anglo-Saxons, but many ethnic groups took part in this struggle. However, few people are aware that the Chinese were among them and the highest ranking of those, Joseph Pierce, fought with the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

“Though our living history events and classroom presentations where our audience can see and touch the uniforms and equipment and be able to hear and ask questions about the contributions of both civilian and military and events that shaped that conflict, we hope to spark an interest where they will want to learn more about the Civil War and ultimately our nation's history,” said Irving Moy, who portrays Cpl. Pierce.

Several civilian women will be presenting throughout the day on the effects the war had on the home front and the work that was done at home to support the North. Children will be able to play the kinds of games that youngsters enjoyed in the 1860's.

Representatives from Civil War Monument, Inc., Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Wooster-Russell Camp #22, and the 20th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and Ladies Auxillary will be in attendance.

Admission is $5/person or $15/family. Proceeds benefit the Shelton Historical Society and its programs. For more information or directions, call 203-925-1803 or visit www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org.

More information about Company F is available at www.cof14thcvi.com.