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ter­ested in do­ing some­thing along the line of a Civil War re- en­act­ment and the gen­tle­man with ( Ser­fass) was from Albany Town­ship His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. We de­cided that the three groups were go­ing to work to­gether.”

Lucy Muth, Pres­i­dent of the Albany Town­ship His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, said all three groups are lo­cated nearby one an­other.

“It’s a unique sit­u­a­tion for a com­mu­nity to have those groups all con­tigu­ous and work­ing to­gether,” said Muth.

The His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety spon­sored a pre­sen­ta­tion by Ken Ser­fass as Gen­eral Ulysses S. Grant about ac­tiv­i­ties of the rail­road dur­ing the Civil War.

His­tory jumped off the pages of the his­tory books as liv­ing his­to­ri­ans por­trayed life of the Civil War in en­camp­ments and on the train. At­ten­dees could ex­pe­ri­ence the Civil War through the mem­o­ries of the sol­diers, spies and politi­cians who lived dur­ing the 1800s dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions.

Liv­ing his­to­rian John Voris of Ch­ester County por­trayed the Pres­i­dent’s sec­re­tary John G. Ni­co­lay.

“I hope they get a great train ride and also sup­port­ing the Rail­road. That is some­thing I and other liv­ing his­to­ri­ans do. We go and do­nate our time and what we know about the Civil War to tell the pub­lic,” said Voris.

“I think the les­son we need to learn from this is to not make the same mis­takes and have this hap­pen again to the coun­try,” added Gen­eral Ulysses S. Grant, por­trayed by Ken Ser­fass.

Lan­caster County au­thor Joel A. Moore of Nar­von, who wrote the Civil War se­ries, ‘ Jour­ney Into Dark­ness,’ set up camp with drum­mer boy, Johnny Clem, and other boys of the Civil War at the event.

Moore said Tammy Wun­der­lich and her sons, Paul [ who por­trayed Sergeant John Lin­coln Clem], James [ Johnny’s con­fed­er­ate friend from when he was cap­tured by the Con­fed­er­ates], and Andy [ whose grand­fa­ther fought in the Revo­lu­tion­ary War and whose hat he wore], had an out­stand­ing time. They were the only ones to camp overnight through­out the event.

“We have all worked pre­vi­ously with Pres­i­dent Lin­coln and Gen­eral Grant, and en­joyed meet­ing Gen­eral and Mrs. Lee on Sun­day,” said Moore. “The boys also had the op­por­tu­nity to ride in the en­gine cab on Sun­day.”

On Satur­day, Paul helped Moore with a pre- sen­ta­tion about the real boys of the Civil War while his mother and broth­ers rode the train with Lin­coln.

“We also en­joyed pri­vate time with Lin­coln on Fri­day as he was vis­it­ing with me as we set up camp. We all went to din­ner to­gether af­ter the camp was set.”

Dur­ing the course of the week­end, he said Lin­coln, Grant, Lee, and Sec­re­tary Ni­co­lay gath­ered for a dis­cus­sion with an au­di­ence of vis­i­tors. Mrs. Lee added some com­ments of her own from the au­di­ence.

He said Lin­coln made a pri­vate pre­sen­ta­tion to an au­di­ence at an­other time, shar­ing his fam­ily his­tory from his un­cle’s farm­stead neigh­bor­ing the Boones in Birds­boro, in­ter­mar­ry­ing with the Boones, and trav­el­ing south then to Ken­tucky with the Boones.

“On Sun­day, Gen­eral and Mrs. Lee spoke to an au­di­ence about their ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing the loss of their beloved Ar­ling­ton.”


Civil War Days was held at WK& S Rail­road in Kemp­ton May 20and 21.

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