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To Die Free
March 31, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:30pm, repeating until March 31, 2019
Renowned living historians from the Hannibal Guard will present an immersive living history program at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. This weekend-long event will showcase the important contributions of African American soldiers during the American Civil War.
Before the Civil War, African Americans were not welcomed into the armed services. That began to change when the Union League in New York City worked to form the United States Colored Troops. The USCT had African-American enlisted men and white officers. Nearly 155 years later, on March 30 and March 31, Historic Richmond Town will host the Hannibal Guards, in honor of this important change. The group is a premier living history organization that shows the lives and duties of local service members during the four-year conflict. Members will present an immersive program to highlight the activities and accomplishments of New York State’s three USCT regiments.
The program focuses on the service of the 20th USCT and the individuals who served in it. Visitors can experience a mock recruiting station housed in the General Store, where neighbors frequently met each other in the 1860s. There, one can imagine the transformation of citizen farmer, clerk or businessman to solider. The dynamic of a white officer, a black soldier, and the local citizens of the Union League who supported them can be explored fully in this hands-on program.
Experience enlistment as freed people, farmers, school teachers, and artisans become citizen soldiers.
Witness the soldiers drill and learn the power of their firearms.
Discuss with experts the racial tensions that existed during the mid-part of the 19th century and how those struggles shaped a nation.