Civil War Remembrance: Memorial Day Tribute

Greenfield Village offers re-enactments, historical collections, displays

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DETROIT - Memorial Day goes back to the Civil War and the 1880s at Greenfield Village this weekend for a Civil War Remembrance.

Join more than 450 re-enactors as they re-create Union, Confederate and civilian encampments, perform military tactical demonstrations, offer dramatic presentations and participate in one of the most comprehensive Civil War events in the Nation. The Civil War Remembrance event is an officially endorsed event of the Michigan Historical Commission's Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.

Honor the sacrifices and achievements of those who have bravely fought and continue to fight in defense of our nation during a moving commemoration presented by historian William Hendricks at  noon Monday, May 27  on the Village Green. The Henry Ford will also participate in a national moment of silence on that same day at 3 p.m. as signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle.

As you make your way through the military and civilian camps get inspired by the stories shared by the soldiers and civilians who witnessed the way from the home front. See artifacts from the Civil War inside the Village Pavilion including original military items, clothing worn during that time and original artillery pieces from the First Michigan Light Artillery.

Special presentations will be delivered by historians and experts from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Guests to the event this year will see items from the collections of The Henry Ford including photographs of Henry Ford's uncles who fought with the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry - one of the most celebrated units of the war and part of the famed Iron Brigade. Also on display will be an 1890 oil painting of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade Monument at Gettysburg.

Also take a look at the ornate jacket Robert Hendershot wore when he played his military drum at veterans events in the 1880s and 1890s. This Civil War veteran used his savvy promotional skills to garner fame as the legendary, brave "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock."

As part of the weekend's activities, trace your family tree to the battlegrounds with Civil War historian Dale R. Niesen or create a souvenir ribbon rosette at Edison Homestead. Join the battle by "enlisting" at the recruiting office located at the Phoenixville Post Office and receive a reproduction Volunteer Enlistment paper.

Stay until 9 p.m. on Saturday and take in the sounds of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, America's premier 19th-century brass ensemble, performing outside Town Hall near the Village Green.

Admission to Civil War Remembrance is free with membership or $24 for adults, $22 for seniors 62 and up and $17.50 for youth 5-12. Children four and under are free.

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