Civil War Days showcased at Lost Villages
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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