Civil War Days show­cased at Lost Vil­lages

Seaway News - - News - SHAWNA O’NEILL

LONG SAULT, On­tario - Af­ter al­most one year since un­veil­ing the Civil War mon­u­ment at the Lost Vil­lages Mu­seum, the Grays and Blues of Mon­treal re­turned for a week­end of reen­act­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

The Grays and Blues, a group of Amer­i­can Civil War enthusiasts, show­cased can­non demon­stra­tions, in­fantry demon­stra­tions, mock bat­tles and what life was like 150 years ago on Satur­day, Sept. 8 and Sun­day, Sept. 9.

“It’s a for­got­ten piece of Cana­dian his­tory, but it’s very im­por­tant,” said Ste­wart Irvine, an event or­ga­nizer.

The group started fundrais­ing ef­forts for the mon­u­ments four years prior to its in­duc­tion ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Bob Mclach­lan. The group worked closely with the Town­ship of South Stor­mont and the Lost Vil­lages His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Mclach­lan said that these are the first na­tional mon­u­ments for Cana­di­ans that served in the Amer­i­can Civil War, and since last year more rocks have been added.

“We’re not just re­gur­gi­tat­ing Amer­i­can in­volve­ment,” said Mclach­lan. “( We’re) mak­ing people aware of Canada’s in­volve­ment.”

Mclach­lan be­came in­ter­ested in re­search­ing the Amer­i­can Civil War when he found out he had fam­ily in­volve­ment. He dis­cov­ered that some fa­mous Cana­di­ans also served, in­clud­ing the com­poser of our na­tional an­them and Laura Secord’s nephew.

Aside from ed­u­cat­ing and per­form­ing for oth­ers, the group en­joys spend­ing time and talk­ing about mil­i­tary his­tory to­gether.

“Com­radery and camp­ing, talk­ing about his­tory and books over a camp fire at night,” said Irvine.

“It’s mil­i­tary, his­tory buff stuff,” added Mclach­lan.

Mclach­lan hopes that the group can make an ap­pear­ance at Up­per Canada Vil­lage again in the fu­ture and is happy to cel­e­brate one year since the mon­u­ment was un­veiled.

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