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77th NY Regimental Balladeers — Volume No. 1 Issue No. 2 Summer 1999
Inside the

2 Cambridge
   Honor Roll
   Dedication &

   Caffe Lena

3 Gettysburg
   Civil War
   Band Muster


4 Civil War
   Word Game

July 10 & 11th
Civil War
County Park,
Carmel, NY.
[We are grateful to Sharyn Pratt, Civil War Historian & Board Member of the Kent Historical Society for contributing to the following Haversack Journal item. Thank you, Sharyn].

Come, step back in time, and share in the History of Putnam County and honor the 858 Civil War soldiers who joined the Union Army from this region's towns and villages. Some of the prominent individuals who claimed Putnam County as their home include Generals Daniel Butterfield, Darrius Couch, William Morris and G.K. Warren. Join with living history enthusiasts and experience a real Civil War encampment.

Drummer boy sounds the "Long Roll" assembling the troops at Putnam County Park

On Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers will perform "Tenting Tonight", the music, letters, portraits and landscapes of the Civil War. This special event will evoke the memory of New York's volunteers who fought in the war and whose spirits still haunt many of the battlefields throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the South. Copies of the balladeers' new CD Somebody's Darling will be on sale at the

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event. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of CDs and tapes will be donated to local museum and preservation efforts. Additional weekend events will include field music from Union and Confederate musicians, mounted cavalry, artillery, musket and field hospital demonstrations. Event participants will be able to get a close look at Union, Confederate and Civilian camplife. The camp opens to the public at 10 a.m. on each day. This event is being sponsored by the Putnam County Visitors Bureau and Southeast Museum. For more information contact the Putnam Visitors Bureau [914]-225-0381, Southeast Museum [914]-279-7500, Event and Union Coordinator, Tom Breslin [914]-228-1239, Sutler and Confederate Coordinator, Curt Pratt, [914]-228-0507.

Memorial Park, Cambridge, NY

August 13th Concert Celebrates
Civil War Honor Roll Dedication

On Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. the balladeers will perform a concert from the porch of the Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, NY. The stage will overlook the village square where hundreds of Civil War reenactors will be encamped. The concert kicks off a weekend of activities to celebrate the dedication and completion of two granite monuments containing bronze plaques with the names of 400 Civil War soldiers. Most of the local Civil War volunteers listed on the bronze honor rolls joined one of three regiments raised in Washington

County. More than 300 joined the 22nd New York Volunteer Infantry, the 93rd NYVI or the 123rd NYVI. Another group served in Vermont and Massachusetts, and other New York State Units. The two granite Civil War monuments will flank a Revolutionary War memorial. The Civil War commemorative forms the "keystone" or "Arch of Honor" according to the Committee to Raise a Permanent Honor Roll to the Veterans of Old Cambridge. We are greatly honored to be part of COMPROC's weekend of rejoicing. For more information about the weekend's activities contact Dave Thornton, Chairman at 518-677-3038.

Caffe Lena Observes Memorial Day

On Sunday May 30th entire families commemorated Memorial Day by doing something different. They showed up at Caffe Lena's "Tenting Tonight"concert to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Through readings of soldiers'and civilians' Civil War letters and diaries audience members honored and reflected about all who have served or are serving to preserve the peace and freedom we have in this country. Graham McGill's reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Kathleen Ross'rendition of Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches were two of the highlights of the concert. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, proposed the idea of honoring the patriotic dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. On May 5,1866 the local townspeople embraced the idea wholeheartedly. Wreaths, crosses and bouquets were made for each veteran's grave. The first official recognition of Memorial Day as such was issued by General John A. Logan, first commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. This was General Order No. 11 establishing "Decoration Day" as it was then known. Memorial Day is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May. Several southern states have an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead. An audience member e-mailed the following note that is indicative of the audience reaction; "We really enjoyed the band's performance. My son Cody was totally entertained by your Civil War songs and slides. He really got interested in the Civil War after watching Gone with the Wind with

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me. We definitely want to come to another show". Thank you Caffe Lena for giving us the opportunity to grace your historic stage and evoke the memory of all our veterans.

Gettysburg Civil War Band Muster

The Soldiers" National Monument was dedicated on July 1, 1869. The monument stands on the very spot where President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers Performance Schedule at the 5th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster Saturday, September 4

1:45 - 2:15    Cyclorama Center Outdoor Stage
5:00 - 6:00     Dobbin House
6:30 - Sundown   Pennsylvania Monument

Thanks for Visiting Our Home Page
Great Northern Catskills
Balloon Festival

Presented by The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, August 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 1999 at the Balsam Shade Resort, Rt. 32, Greenville, NY Balloon launches, Saturday & Sunday, Dawn & Dusk. On Sunday, August 22nd the following activities will be presented: Balloon Launch, Sunrise Ecumenical Service and Choral Groups, Choral Presentations on Stage, & 77th NY Regimental Balladeers (bagpiper accompaniment) For reservations, call 518-966-5050.

Some of our readers are interested in the origin of the name of our newsletter - Haversack
Described by John Billings in his book Hardtack and Coffee, the average regulation haversack was a bag constructed of painted cotton cloth, about one foot square with a broad strap, 1 to 2 inches, for the shoulder. The haversack was carried by most Civil War infantrymen. The haversack was in constant use, and along with the musket and canteen, was a real necessity to the foot soldier. Soldiers would bundle all their food and table furniture in it while on the march. Often an extra bag was included which could be buttoned to the inside back of the haversack to keep the various food items separated. Smaller draw string bags were added to hold rice, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper.

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Civil War Cross Word Game
[sayings, phrases, synonymns or
nicknames of New York Units]
by Sharon Quinn
3. To Discharge someone from service [two words]
8. Major General born in Ballston Spa, NY 1819
11. To search for provisions
12. Civil War soldier’s slang for a bullet
13. A small sewing kit used by soldier’s to repair uniforms
17. Soldier’s referred to this type of collar that was formed by rolling up their blanket and tying the ends together
18. Uncle_______ _______ an 1852 anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
22. The last of the battles of the Seven Days was fought here
23. A yarn made with new wool and used woolen fabrics which made it inferior
24. A warship with a heavy prow made for piercing an enemy’s ship
25. The 77th NYVI were also known as the ______ ______ Regiment
27. The Northern States
28. Last name of the person who stabbed Major Henry Reed Rathbone
29. The 40th NYSV Regiment shared this name with a famous music composer
31. The South
32. A Confederate Navy Flag
34. _______ and Yates Rifles was the nickname of the 43rd NYSV Regiment
35. The first major Battle of the Western Theatre and one of the fiercest was fought at _________ 37.
The official color of the Confederate Uniform
38. A fatigue or forage cap
39. Northern Pacifist
40. Highest Ranking Naval Officer
42. Known as Manassas _____ _____
44. 51st NYSV Rifles Nickname. The last name of a member of the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers
46. Co. A 102nd NYSNG _____ _____
47. A bag used to hold rations or personal items
48. 178th NYSVs nickname
49. Co. E 102 NYSVs nickname _____ _____ _____.
1& 2. The nickname for Zouave
3. Nickname for the Spencer Carbine
4.Grove of trees
5. Last call at night or lights out
6. 1st Ind. Battalion of Light Artillery NYSM
7. A confederate civilian or soldier
9. Traveller’s Rider 10. Billy _____
12. Song “Just Before the ______ Mother”
14. ______ Guard 80th NYSV
15. The Wheat_____ near Weikart Farm at Gettysburg
16. General T. Seymour gave the 115th NYVs this name commemorating their gallant service during the Florida expedition in 1864 _____ _____
19. Seized by Union troops in March 1862, John Bell Hood’s Army was all but destroyed trying to recapture it
21. A free lance soldier or guerilla in Kansas or elsewhere
20. NY Colonel slain descending a staircase at the Alexandria Hotel
26. Title of a song that pokes fun at peanuts
30. Abbreviation for “french furlough”
33. The siege and 1863 capitulation of this city on the east bank of the Mississippi was one of U.S. Grant’s key victories 36. Union General criticized by Lincoln for not blocking Lee’s retreat after the battle at Gettysburg
41. One of the standard British made shoulder arms used on both sides
43. This English ship builder Jonathan _______ built the CSS Alabama and is immortalized in the song “Roll Alabama Roll”
45. Mary Todd Lincoln’s youngest son

Internet Resources:

NY Unit Synonymns or Nicknames: tory/sites/synonymns.html
77th NY Balladeers Website:
Answers on Page 5

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Civil War Cross Word Game
Answer Key
[ sayings, phrases, synonymns or
nicknames of New York Units]
by Sharon Quinn
3. Muster out
8. Doubleday
11. Forage 12. Bumblebee
13. Housewife
17. Horse
18. Tom’s Cabin
22. Malvern Hill
23. Shoddy
24. Ram
25. Bemis Heights
27. Union
28. Booth
29. Mozart
31. Dixie
32. Naval Jack
34. Albany
35. Shiloh
37. Gray
38. Kepi
39. Copperhead
40. Admiral
42. Bull Run
44. Yates
46. Lindsey Blues
47. Haversack
48. Pratt Guard
49. Calcium Light Sharpshooters
1. Zou
2. Zou
3. Mr. Lincoln’s Gun
4. Orchard
5. Taps
6. Rochester Union Grays
7. Rebel
9. Lee
10. Yank
12. Battle
14. Ulster
15. Field
16. Iron Hearted Regiment
19. Nashville
21. Jayhawker
20. Ellsworth
26. Goober Peas
30. AWOL
33. Vicksburg
36. Meade
41. Enfield
43. Laird
45. Tad

Resource Materials:

* The Civil War Source Book by Jack Burd
* Civil War Wordbook by Daryl Lyman
Synonymns or Nicknames of NY Units by William F. Amann American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War edited by Richard M. Ketchum
* Available at bookstore

Internet Resources:

NY Unit Synonymns or Nicknames:

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