Civil War theme to dominate Fort Freeland Heritage Days
TURBOTVILLE – The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is expected to be a predominant theme at the annual Fort Freedland Heritage Days, held Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Warrior Run Church.
The two-day event has always featured reenactors from the Revolutionary and French and Indian Wars, but four years ago groups affiliated with the Civil War arrived and stayed.
“We’ve stayed ever since,” said Linda Estupinan Snook, one of the Civil War players, some of who will demonstrate weaponry, hold fire artillery exhibitions and speak about local families that had descendants who fought in the war between the states.
Cooper’s Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillary and The Sons of Union Veterans Camp, of Sunbury, will be encamped at the church. A demonstration of artillery fire and the honoring of soliders buried in the church cemetery are among the schedule of events.
Members of the battery will be available throughout the weekend to discuss the Civil War and its impact on the local area.
Guest speakers include Fred and Kathy Wertman, who plan to show artifacts belonging to Milton resident Charles C. McCormick, who was with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Snook said.
Wertman portrays a lieutenant in the war and shares his knowledge of the conflict.
Other speakers include Stanley Zellers, an author who wrote a book on the Kline family which had, at one time, seven brothers serving in the war, Snook said. Another speaker was indentified as Gregory Kline.
David Howell will display weapons used in the era, according to Snook.
On Sunday, a local group with the Sons of the Union will conduct the ceremony in the cemetery.
The following is a schedule of events:
Cooper’s Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with firing scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Children’s games with Tom Stickley, adjutant, Jim Davison’s Artillery, and Ron Cryder presents a Civil War weapons display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
War camp cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stan Zellers, Sons of Union Veterans Camp. No. 15, speaks on “Leaves Driven Before a Storm,” a presentation on the Kline family of Union County at 11:30 a.m.
Special Civil War display of artifacts by David Howell at the Warrior Run Church at 11:15 p.m.
Ladies Informal Tea and Bake Sale, noon. Sponsored by the Sons of the Union Veterans Camp No. 503 J.P.S. Gobin – Sunbury. Sale and tea are held on the church lawn.
Speakers Fred and Kathy Wertman exhibit and discussion of the life of Civil War service of Charles C. McCormick at the Warrior Run Church at 1:15 p.m.
Civil War period dances with Keith Foote, Victorian Dance Ensemble and Cooper’s Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery corporal at 4 p.m. on the Warrior Run Church lawn.
Camps close to the public at 5 p.m.
Camps open at 9 a.m. Church service at Warrior Run Church.
Artillery firing at noon
Sons of Union Veterans Ceremony honoring Civil War soliders buried in the Warrior Run cemetery, with Gregory Kline, past camp commander. Honor guard, Taps, and reading of the names at 1:30 p.m.
Artillery firing at 3 p.m.
Camps close at 5 p.m.