9th NY Cavalry Encampment Returns to Westfield

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Alonzo Cushing
Alonzo Cushing

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Chautauqua Historical Society

The annual tradition of the 9th NY Cavalry encampment is once again ready to take place in Westfield’s Moore Park.
Members of the 9th Cavalry will set up camp on Friday, June 12 and offer living history throughout the weekend. Events will include drills and demonstrations, battle re-enactments, craft demonstrations for children, candlelight tours, and much more.
Highlighting this year’s schedule will be a special commemoration to honor Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who died in the Battle of Gettysburg and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13 and will feature descendants of the Cushing family, comments from several local dignitaries including Sen. Catherine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, and the arrival of the Medal of Honor – which will be on public display at the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s McClurg Museum through Sept. 8, 2015.
Also returning for the third year in a row is a special letter reading program, which takes place Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church next to the park. David Brown, Historical Society Trustee and 9th NY Cavalry member, and his wife Sandy are coordinating the event. Together, they’ve put together a program that will feature a series of letters from various Cushing family members, including Alonzo and his brother William.
In addition to the 9th NY Cavalry, which is hosting the event, other reenactment groups expected to be on hand include the 64th Virginia Cavalry, 4th South Carolina Infantry, 20th Maine Fife & Drum Corps and Cushing’s Battery A of the 4th Artillery.
The encampment weekend will continue Sunday, with the groups departing Sunday afternoon. The encampment, along with all other related events, is free and open to the public.
In addition to the encampment, the Chautauqua County Historical Society will also host its 2015 Summer Gala fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday night, June 13. That event costs $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting the historical society.
For more information on the encampment and summer gala, call the Chautauqua County Historical Society at (716) 326-2977.