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.