77th NY Regimental Balladeers Volume No. 1 Issue No. 3 Fall 1999
Inside the

2 Putnam Park Civil
   War Event

   Grant US Cottage

3 Glens Falls
   Civil War

   2nd Annual

4 Summer Concert
   Series Roundup

   Balladeers Welcome
   Elizabeth Graham

   Victorian Dance

5 How To Get our
5th Annual Gettysburg
Music Muster

Saxton's Cornet Band member joined his fellow band mates in a stirring rendition of "Home Sweet Home" at Dobbin House Square, Gettysburg. Saxton's Band will team up with the Balladeers on Saturday, October 2nd at Glens Falls, City Park.

On September 4th the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers had the distinct honor and pleasure to perform with some of the most respected and authentic modern day Civil War musicians in the country. The Gettysburg Music Muster started during the park's Centennial Celebration in 1995 and has brought together a variety of music from the Civil War genre. When a visitor to Gettysburg National Military Park grasps how far-reaching history can be, they will naturally progress towards preservation. Present history the way the music muster musicians did during this late summer weekend and they will come. They did! Hundreds of spectators with blankets and lawn chairs filled the Cyclorama lawn for a one of a kind musical gala. The crowd was entertained throughout the entire day at the Cyclorama stage, Dobbin House square and Pennsylvania Monument. The entertainers included the Balladeers, Saxton's Cornet Band, Wildcat Regiment

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Band, David Kincaid, Strings of Credere, J. Delbert Van Reeth and Victorian Dance Ensemble. A new twist for the Balladeers was performing with Saxton's Cornet Band and the Wildcat Regiment Band in a series of Rounds. Each band played a favorite tune and then passed the baton to the next band. The audience was treated to a variety of Civil War music interpretations. Another highlight was our sundown performance at the Pennsylvania monument. Just prior to the commencement of playing the monsoon rains hit. The audience huddled under the Monument's huge domed canopy and joined us in a camp sing-a-long of Civil War, American and Irish Folk classics. Some of the favorites included Amazing Grace, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Fields of Athenry, and This Land is Your Land. The heavy rains, warm sultry summer evening, the intimate and hallowed setting brought out everyone's passion for history. Thank you National Park Service, family, friends, fellow Civil War musicians, Dobbin House staff and Music Muster audience members for making this a most memorable event. We have just been informed that we've been invited back for the year 2000 event. Put this event on your calendar for next year. You won't be disappointed!

Over 2000 Visitors Attend Putnam Park Civil War Event

The smell of campfires, soldiers and civilians in period garb, music and historical impressions added to the sense of times long past at Putnam Park. The Putnam County Visitors Bureau, Southeast Museum and event planners could not have been more pleased by the public's response to their July Civil War Weekend Program. The living history program was educational and well received by the thousands who attended. The schedule was packed with field music, camp displays, cavalry, musket and hospital demonstrations. The Balladeers' performance at the Upper Barn was played before "standing room only" crowds. Audience members joined in a sing-a-long of period classics including Battle Cry of Freedom, Bonnie Blue Flag, Battle Hymn of the Republic and Amazing

Mike Yates (right), 77th New York Regimental Balladeers Co-Founder, presents a donation to support local museum preservation efforts. Receiving the check are Tom Breslin, Event Coordinator, and L. Danielle Cylich, Director, Southeast Museum.

Grace to name a few. The concert evoked and honored the memory of New York's veterans through song, magic lantern slides, soldiers' and civilians letters, a Harriet Tubman impression by Carolyn Evans and an inspiring reading of the Gettysburg Address by Sharyn Pratt. The Putnam County Civil War Weekend Planning Committee is already working on the year 2000 event that promises to be

Balladeers Jim Broden (right) and John Perreault brought the audience to their feet throughout the summer with their fiddle and guitar medley of reels

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even better. The Balladeers will be back armed with new material based on popular request. Congratulations to Tom Breslin, Curt Pratt, members of the Planning Committee and Park staff for a great two day program. For information about next year's activities please call Tom Breslin at 914-228-1239.

General Ulysses S. Grant

U.S. Grant Cottage Concert

The Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage will present a concert on Friday evening, October 15, 1999, at 7 p.m. in Alsop Hall, Wilton, NY. The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers will perform "Tenting Tonight", with music, words from soldiers' and civilians' diaries and letters, portraits and landscapes images of the Civil War. A special section will focus on General Grant, with readings and photographs. The audience also gets to sing along and take home a commemorative songbook. Tickets are $5 each, and may be obtained by sending a check and a stamped self-addressed envelope to Friends of U.S. Grant Cottage, P.O. Box 990, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Please write CONCERT on the envelope. You will receive tickets and directions by mail. Please call 518-584-8190 or Beverly Clark at 518-587-8277 or 518-372-0997 for more information. This program is partially funded by the New York Council for the Humanities as part of State Humanities Month.

Glens Falls Civil War Soldiers'
Monument Rededication Weekend

The Balladeers will be honoring the thirteen soldiers who fell in the War for the Union and who are memorialized on a Civil War Monument in the town of Queensbury. A new bronze plaque was placed on the west side of the monument listing the names of the soldiers in 1998 by the Adirondack Civil War Round Table. The plaque will be dedicated on Saturday October 2, 1999. On Thursday evening September 30th at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY an Interfaith service for the 13 soldiers will be held. The 77th NY Balladeers will be providing a musical tribute as part of the service. Songs will include Vacant Chair, Faded Coat of Blue, Kathleen Mavourneen, Somebody's Darling and Shenendoah. Several Walt Whitman poems will also be read. On Friday at 7 p.m. a Victorian Heritage Concert will be presented by Saxton's Cornet Band, Queensbury Madrigal Singers and others at the United Methodist Church, Glens Falls, NY. The weekend culminates with an all day event on Saturday, (Continued on page 4)

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October 2,1999. The schedule will begin at 9 a.m. at City Park. Living history venues will include infantry encampment, laundress, sutler, medical, US Sanitary Commission and Civil War music in the gazebo by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers and Saxton's Cornet Band. For more information and a brochure with a schedule of events contact Chris Heidorf at 518-798-3878.

Second Annual Northeast Civil War

The Capital District Civil War Round Table will hold their fall conference on November 12-14. The conference will convene at the Ramada Inn, 1228 Western Avenue, Albany. The program begins on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation by Dan Lorello entitled "The Union Preserved: A Guide to Civil War Records in the New York State Archives." On Saturday there will be seminars held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Annual Fall Banquet will be held on Saturday night featuring William Preston who will discuss General James Longstreet. On Sunday there will be a special showing of the film Gone With The Wind The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers will perform a one-hour concert from the Proctor's main stage before the film showing. There will also be a Civil War display and reenactors from the 125th and 77th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiments. The Sunday movie/concert double header promises to be inspiring and entertaining. The Civil War exhibit will open at 11:30 a.m. The concert will start at 12:30 p.m. The film showing will begin at 2:00 p.m. Put the date on your calendar and enjoy a great family outing. For further information contact Sue Knost at 518-393-6851 or Dan Lorello at 518-381-3958.

Balladeers Welcome
Elizabeth Graham

Elizabeth Graham joined the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers in late July. She first performed with the group at the Adult Learning Institute's "Tenting Tonight" concert program. Elizabeth is an accomplished violinist. She

studied classical violin with Alfredo Cavaleri at St. Rose College. She has performed with the Union College Orchestra and at a number of studio recording sessions. Ms. Graham is a certified Social Studies teacher and a former 19th and 20th century antiques dealer. Her passion for the history of the antebellum and Civil War periods and musical talents are a natural fit with the Balladeers' type of music. Elizabeth works as a commercial stylist on video, television and photographic projects. Ms. Graham resides in Niskayuna with her daughters Katryn and Mikael.

Victorian Dance, October 16,
Troy, NY

On Saturday evening, October 16th from 8-11 p.m. at the Apollo-Solomon Masonic Temple, 9 Brunswick Road, Troy NY, a Victorian Ball will be held. Invited guests are expected to attend in formal black tie attire. All other attendees such as reenactors must wear period attire in order to gain entrance to the event. Workshops and walk-throughs will be conducted before the start of each dance to acquaint the ball participants with the correct dance movements. Dance instruction and calling will be conducted by Ms. Terry Brettman , Terry & Jim Historical Dance, Guilford, CT. Ms. Brettman is a well known preceptor among Victorian Dance circuit enthusiasts. Music

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will be provided by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers Auxiliary Quadrille Band, consisting of Jim Broden and Hae-Young Koh, violins and Charles Fisher, piano. The Victorian Ball will commence with a Grand March, followed by a variety of dances including polka, waltz, promenade and gallop. There will also be some parlor games and refreshments.

How To Get Our CD's or Cassettes

You can purchase a copy of our recording, Somebody's Darling, and future recordings at the following:
*From the 77th NY Balladeers website at


*Celtic Treasures, Broadway, Saratoga Springs,
(518) 583-9452 or (800) 583-9452 or Fax (518) 583-3270
*Harlow & Taylor Associates, Catherine Street, Gansevoort, NY (518) 798-3878 ask for Chris or Earl
*Confederate Yankee Sutlery, Box 192, Guilford, CT 06437 (203) 453-9900 ask for Dennis or Terry
*Dobbin House Country Curiosity Shop, 97 Seinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-2100
*Eastern National Bookstore, Gettysburg National Military Park, 97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-7909

Balladeers New CD Project

During this Fall, the Balladeers will be working on their next CD, Volume 2 (yet to be named). This project will incorporate not only Civil War songs, but will also feature American and Irish folksongs. Several other features will include a highly requested fiddle medley and some poetry. We anticipate that the CD (no tape) will be released at the beginning of our Summer 2000 Concert Series. This is the final issue of Haversack Journal for this year. See you in 2000!

77th New York Regimental Balladeers photo taken at the Reformed Dutch Church, Prattsville, NY. To purchase a copy for $2.00, write to Minstrel Boy Productions, PO Box 2384, Albany, NY 12220-0384

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Glens Falls Civil War Soldiers Monument Rededication
October 2, 1999
Sponsored By The Adirondack Civil War Round Table
Managed by the Chris Heidorf, and the Soldiers' Monument Restoration Committee
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About the Monument

At the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865, bounty funds and other donations were applied toward the decision to erect a suitable monument to memorialize the service of those soldiers from the Town of Queensbury who died during the War. R T. Baxter, a local contractor, began construction on the monument in 1866. It was completed in 1868 at a cost of $12,000.The monument was dedicated on Decoration Day, 1872. The monument is 42 feet tall and weighs approximately 100 tons. The 10 foot base is spruce head granite from Maine while all the upper elements, including the original eagle perched atop the main shaft, are of Dorchester freestone quarried in New Brunswick. The original eagle was severely deteriorated and was replaced in 1999 with an exact terra cotta replica. The officer's scabbard was also redone in terra cotta. The original bronze plaques list the names of 82 soldiers who died in service 1861-1865. These soldiers represent 22 Union units, one Confederate unit and the USMC. Two additional people, Daniel V. Brown and CPT Edward Riggs, perished at sea while on their way to Savannah to procure volunteers. Research conducted by Judge John Austin revealed that up to 18 soldiers from Queensbury may have been inadvertently left off the monument in 1868. Research of National Archives and NYS Library records by John Hastings confirmed that 13 soldiers from Queensbury, who died in service during the war, should have been listed on the monument. The project was sponsored by the Adirondack Civil War Round Table and managed by the Soldiers' Monument Restoration Committee, consisting of members of the Round Table and representatives from the community. Fund raising and restoration of the monument involved 3.5 years at a cost of $200,000. Over 50% of the funds were donated, the balance granted by the State of New York. A long term conservation plan has been developed and perpetual care fund established to care for this community heirloom well into the next century.

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