Cold Spring Village 2020
September 11-13, 2020
16 members of the 69th Pa journeyed to Cold Spring Village to participate in the "Military History"
weekend at Cold Spring Village in Cape May NJ. This was our first public event since the beginning
of the Corona Virus shutdown and required mask wearing a safe distance standards by participants
and visitors alike. Despite the necessary health safety requirements the unit was able to provide
educational discussion and experiences to hundreds of attendees at the event as individuals and
families walked through our camp to learn about Civil War military life; the history of the 69th Pa and
see demonstrations of weaponry and camp life. We also sold our new shirts as well as books at our
information table at the edge of the camp.
The unit was commanded this weekend by brevet Captain Michael Ernsberger and brevet 1st Sgt
Alex Long. Highlights of the weekend for the more than 600 visitors was bayonet practice conducted
by former 69th Captain Gerry Malloy and a loud and active recreation of "street fighting" by the 69th
and members of other Civil War units who joined us. Conversations at the information table continued
for hours each day as our members talked about and answered questions concerning the Civil War
and the 69th Pa "Irish Volunteers". Sales of the new shirts and books exceeded $700.
A Volley of Gunfire in the Middle of the Village
Lining Up for Roll Call to Start the Day
The Thrust of the Bayonet
Our Bayonet Stand
Marching Back to Camp
Orders of the Day
Setting Up The Camp
The Information & Sales Table