From staff reports
MIFFLINBURG Area residents and Civil War enthusiasts are invited to attend the Ninth Annual Battle of Chamber's Ridge scheduled this Saturday and Sunday in Hartleton, Union County.
Located off state Route 45 six miles west of Mifflinburg, the event will be held on the grounds adjacent to the historic Union Church on Catherine Street in Hartleton.
"This is the area's largest Civil War reenactment. This is our ninth year and we are hoping to make it our biggest," event coordinator Linda Estupinan-Snook said.
"The event is held to honor the sacrifices of the men who fought in the war and this year we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought by many of our Union County men," Estupinan-Snook said. "There will be presenters and exhibits to pique the interest of spectators interested in local history."
The event will include displays of local hometown heroes from New Berlin, Mifflinburg, Lewisburg and other nearby communities. The weekend's festivities will also include cannon demonstrations by Cooper's Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, field medicine displays by the 148th Field Hospital, a period dance on the lawn on Saturday night and a period-correct church service held on Sunday.
"This is a wonderful Civil War event that appeals to the whole family. It is free and it is for a good cause education and commemoration," Estupinan-Snook said.
Food concessions and a Civil War sutlery also will be open on site throughout the weekend. For more information, contact Linda Estupinan-Snook at (570) 966-5052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the highlights scheduled for the weekend event include:
9:30 a.m. - Tillie Pierce and the provost marshal of Gettysburg will be portrayed by the Ludwigs of Jersey Shore. Tillie Pierce Allemann, portrayed by Carolyn Ludwig, is buried in Selinsgrove and was a 15-year-old student who saw the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg firsthand. Norman Ludwig portrays the provost marshal at Gettysburg who helped put life back together for the civilians and the military after the battle.
11:30 a.m. - Special guest speaker Gregg Clemmer, award-winning author from Maryland and Gettysburg, will discuss "Why the Civil War Still Lives," with a book signing to follow.
12:45 p.m. - Stan Zellers will discuss the Kline Brothers, seven Union County residents who fought in the Civil War, and his book "Leaves Driven Before the Storm."
1:30 p.m. - Civil War battle followed by period medical demonstrations at the field hospital.
2:30 p.m. - Special remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863.
7:30 p.m. - Dance with Henry Koretzky and Ken Gehret, along with caller David Colestock, as they play Civil War music. Cakewalks also will be presented during the evening.
9 p.m. - Night firing of artillery pieces.
10 a.m. - Rob Benson of the South Mountain Horse Artillery will lead worship and song in the Union Church.
11:30 a.m. - The Sons of Union Veterans, led by Corporal Gregory Kline, past commander of the Joseph P. Gobin Camp No. 503, will conduct a memorial service to honor those soldiers and nurses who served in the Union Army in 1863, especially in the battles of Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chancellorsville. Ceremony and reading of the names will be conducted in the cemetery behind the Union Church.
2 p.m. - Civil War battle followed by period medical demonstrations at the field hospital.
3:30 p.m. - Closing ceremony with "Taps."