Civil War Reenactment

The Chemung Valley Living History Center is proud to announce the Ben Newton Memorial Civil War Weekend. This event will be held on the grounds of the actual prison camp of 1854. Events to include tours, marching drills and battles. More details T.B.A. If interested in volunteering, contact Robert Roe by calling (607) 796-9617.

Education Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4th. Re-enactors will recreate and demonstrate aspects of life for soldiers and civilians during the 1860s for home-schooled students and those from the Horseheads School District. The event will be held at the site of the former Camp Chemung, just west of the Grove Street Boat Launch along the Chemung River. The camp began as a military recruiting depot, but was used as a prisoner of war camp from 1864-65, and 2,963 of the 12,123 Confederate soldiers held there died. Education Day is for students only and is a prelude to the weekend, which will offer re-enactors, period camps, merchandise and battles for the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5th and 6th at the prison camp site. For more information, visit or call (607) 733-0950.

Dates: Friday, May 4/2012 to Sunday, May 6/2012

Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Location: Elmira Civil War Prison Camp Grounds, Elmira NY


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