Civil War encampment to be held at The Columns Museum

The day will illuminate the experiences of local men, women, and children during the war. General Ulysses S. Grant will make a special guest appearance.

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  • Members of the 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, in Stroudsburg (Monroe County Historical Association Facebook photo)

  • The Lincoln Flag at the Columns Museum (Pike County Historical Society)

  • Members of the 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry, Co. G (Photo provided)

Milford. The grounds of the Columns Museum in Milford will once again set the scene for a Civil War encampment.

Hosted by the Pike County Historical Society, the encampment will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

The day will include camp life re-enactments, drills, educational displays and programs, and a few special guests — including General Ulysses S. Grant.

Returning this year is the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company G reenactment group, which was formed in 1991 in Monroe County to portray and honor the men, women, and children from the area whose lives were affected by the American Civil War. This family-based group from the Poconos share an interest in the Civil War and participate in time period demonstrations, living histories, and reenactments.

The original 142nd Co. G was formed in nearby Monroe County, and many of the original family names on the roster still carry on today. The 142nd has a distinguished service record, involved in engagements beginning in late 1862, including Fredericksburg, Va., and through the end of the war at Appomattox Court House.

As a member of the Army of the Potomac from enlistment in 1862 through the end of the war in 1865, they were engaged in most of the battles, big and small, of the war's eastern theater. The current members strive to honor the people of that time as accurately as possible, to give a glimpse of what they may have gone through.

The Columns Museum, home to the blood-stained Lincoln Flag and other items related to the Civil War, will be open for tours.

Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The suggested donation of $10 includes admission to the museum and grounds for the day.

For more information or to participate email or call the museum director at 570-296-8126.

Proceeds will aid the restoration of the museum's 1860s stagecoach, known as The Hiawatha.

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