WILTON — The Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will be held on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton at Northway Exit 16.
Civil War Weekend is the official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton. The celebration includes dozens of Civil War era re-enactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battle scenarios, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. There will be musical performances by The Iron Jacks, the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and The Veterans in the New Field will perform under a tent during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, Selfies-with-Soldiers, food, beverages and ice cream offer a weekend of learning and excitement for the whole family.
The weekend’s highlight includes 28 re-enactors coming to the event from Canada. They will be the Confederate fighting the Boys in Blue (about 60 men) in one of the many battle scenarios being re-enacted.
Admission is $10 each day for ages 13 and up; entry is free for children 12 and under and active duty military with I.D. cards. Paid tickets include a complimentary admission pass to Grant Cottage for use during the 2018 season. The project is supported with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSPTPP is administered by Parks and Trails New York, in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Civil War Weekend Schedule:
Saturday, August 11th
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Infantry Drill
10:00 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration
10:30 a.m. Welcoming Ceremony featuring Musical Fanfare by the Iron Jacks
11:00 a.m. Artillery Demonstration
12:30 p.m. Meet the Generals and their Ladies: A Civil War Press Conference
2:00 p.m. Battle
2:30 p.m. “Rally ‘Round the Flag” Performance by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers
Sunday, August 12th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Period Church Service
10:30 a.m. Infantry Drill
11:00 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration
11:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration
12:30 p.m. Civil War Fashion Show
1:00 p.m. Battle
2:00 p.m. Musical Performance by The Veterans in a New Field
For more information or to purchase tickets call (518) 584-4353 or visit www.GrantCottage.org.