More Reenactment News
June 13, 2010
Just Announced, Walk on Fee Waived
is some great news for all you reenactors there is
still time to register for the Marilla event, the $8.00 walk
on fee has been dropped to $5.00. We have also
extended our cut off date to receive the FREE Saturday
evening dinner. If you can get your
registration in by June 20th, we will include you on the
guest list. We would really like to see you attend
this event, it will be one of the best events of the
season. We have a lot of scenarios planned to make
this one of the more interesting reenactments you attend
this year. So if you like having fun at an event, you will
not want to miss this one. Check out the
events for all the details.
Marilla's Historical Society is running a Chinese Auction,
If you want to donate an item contact
Mary Beth Sarafin for more info
May 20, 2010
Updated Schedule of Events.
made some final changes to the
schedule, be sure to check it out. Also for anyone who
has not registered yet there is an updated
registration pack that can be downloaded here.
new addition to this years event, we will have a camp jail,
so if you are caught drunk in public, you are going into the
tank. For all you spectators out there, we will be
enforcing the Camp Pass rule. Loose you pass loose your
freedom, into the tank you go. We will have plenty of
Marshall's patrolling the camps. So be careful out there.
This year's event is turning out to be one of the best events of the
season. So register early so you can get in on the
AWESOME Saturday evening catered dinner for reenactors only.
$5.00 Pre- Registration fee deadline is June 7, 2010.
After June 7, registration fee is $8.00 with a limited
amount of dinner tickets available for an additional $5.00
Marilla's Historical Society is running a Chinese Auction,
If you want to donate an item contact
Mary Beth Sarafin for more info
May 4, 2010
A CALL TO ARMS
It has come to my attention that some of the ERA Artillery
Coalition do not have enough members to assist in crewing
the cannon's and mortars. As The ERA Public Relations
Director, I am sorry to hear of this.
Therefore I am sending out
this call for solders to assist them in the upcoming
re-enactment year. I know Brandon has a new unit and is
having problems fielding support.
If anyone has the time and
proper certified training, we need to assist him and his
unit. What we do and what he does is a reflection on us as
re-enactors and to the ERA as a body.
Please contact Brandon or the
Artillery Coalition if you can help.
Marilla Civil War Days 2010
Check out the newest unit that will be attending this years
9th New York Cavalry Company A they will have several
horses attending, it should be a spectacular show. Visit
their website for more information. Also appearing
will be City Fiddle, Irish Volunteers and the Excelsior
Brigade Fife and Drum.
President Lincoln is requesting all Union troops for duty at
the battle of Marilla, this is an important battle and may
be pivotal in the direction of the war. The union must
take this battle, for the sake of the country.
March 27, 2010
Marilla Civil War Day 2010
announced the Ladies Tea is back, this years event tea will
be handled by the Marilla Historical Society. Please
check the schedule for time and location. Also the
Chinese auction is back, all proceeds will benefit the
Marilla Historical Society a major sponsor of Marilla Civil
War Days 2010. If you would like to donate anything
for the auction you can email
Mary Beth Serafin to make arrangements for a donation of
an auction piece. This has been a very popular
activity at past events.
February 24,2010 UPDATE
David T. Schmidt, Civil War buff, union bricklayer
memorial service will be at 10 a. m. March 6 in Griffin
Mills Presbyterian Church, 1812 Mill Road, West Falls.
Feb. 8, 1949—Jan. 26, 2010
David T. Schmidt of Hamburg, a union bricklayer and
Civil War buff, died Tuesday in the Center for
Hospice&Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness.
He was 60.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore East High
School. Retired after 30 years as a bricklayer on many
commercial construction projects in the area, he was a
member of Local 3, Bricklayers&Allied Craft workers.
Mr. Schmidt already had a long-standing passion for history,
particularly the French and Indian War, when friends took
him to the Gettysburg battlefield about 10 years ago. After
people remarked on his resemblance to Brig. Gen. George
Armstrong Custer, he enthusiastically took up the role.
He became a member of the Civil War Heritage Foundation and
regularly went to battle reenactments, his favorites being
Gettysburg and Cedar Creek.
He also lectured about life during the Civil War and
traveled to schools with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator to
give historic presentations.
“His apartment was like a Civil War museum,” said a close
friend, Jeanne M. Watson.
A memorial service will be at 10 a. m. March 6 in Griffin
Mills Presbyterian Church, 1812 Mills Road, West Falls.
February 11, 2010
Marilla Civil War Days changes date for the Event for the
final time. It will now be on June 26 - 27, 2010.
There was slight mix up in the scheduling of City Fiddle for
the Saturday evening dance with no other band available for
our original date. The
Town of Marilla and City Fiddle were able to secure the
date of June 26, 2010. Everything should fall into
place with the New Date June 26 - 27, 2010. We also
have NEW CAMPS and interactive scenario's for this year
event. We hope everyone likes the New Layout it should
give easier access for spectators and reenactors alike.
Spectators will again have FREE admission this year with
refreshments available during the event on Saturday and
David Schmidt passed away today at 1:25 pm after a
battle with cancer. David was an avid Civil War
Re-enactor portraying General George Armstrong Custer.
There will be a Memorial service at 1812 Mill St. in West
Falls. A date has yet to be determined. Please check
back often for more info. Please visit our
Memorial Page to view more photos.
|David Schmidt December 2003
December 15, 2009
BREAKING NEWS : New Date for Marilla
We now have a new date for Marilla Civil War Days.
We've moved to JUNE 25 - 27, 2010.We are very
excited to have moved to June, with an all new layout for
the camps and activities. Do I dare say it, we have
cut our rain challenges by 50%. If you are curious
with what I mean, please check back later for more details.
You didn't think I would tell you everything now did you.
Stay informed and become a fan of Marilla Civil War Days on
Facebook. Check out
the link to your left. We will have your registration
info posted in the next few weeks. As always we welcome
Sutlers, Civilian characters, Union and Confederate
infantry. Check out the
Marilla Town Website.
November 28, 2009
ERICKSON - David Wayne November 25, 2009; David is
survived by his wife Lisa (nee Sinkovitz) Erickson;
father of Carl (Tina Miller) Erickson, Sara (Ian
Gladysek) Erickson, and Miles Erickson of Lockport;
grandfather of Xavier Erickson and Weston Gladysek;
brother of Dennis (Amy) Erickson and Bonnie (Robert)
Hobday; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call Sunday 1 to 5 PM at
PRUDDEN & KANDT FUNERAL HOME, 242 Genesee Street,
Lockport, where funeral services will be held Monday at
10 AM. Interment will be in Cold Spring Cemetery.
Memorials to the
American Heart Association
or to the Niagara County SPCA would be appreciated by
the family. Please visit
to leave the family an online condolence.
Memoriam - David Erickson (Nov 25, 2009)
It is with the deepest regrets that I write to say that we
have lost a VERY dear friend and fellow re-enactor. Dave
Erickson, 94th N.Y., has passed this world and moved on into
eternity. I write this with a VERY Heavy heart and tears.
Dave was a good friend and I will always remember all the
good times we spent together. He was one of the main leaders
in making the Marilla Event what it is today. He just
recently retired from his position from the U.S. Postal
Service and was a former U.S. Marine of which he was very
proud of. He always had a way to make everyone laugh. I ask
that everyone keep his family in their prayers.
With Deepest Sorrows,
Angelica NY, Camps were bustling with activity as
tours were given to the local boy scouts and interested
public. A battle ensued after the troops were issued
their orders. There were minimal casualties on both sides
with the Confederates victorious. A trip into town
proved interesting for the Confederates as a deserter was
discovered and chased through town with much resistance.
He was finally captured; as he was found hiding in an alley
way. He was brought up on charges and sentenced to public
execution in the main street for all to see. As the
Confederates were tending to their own problems, the Union
forces made an advance from the rear to push back the
Confederates to a defeat in the town square.
July 18, 2009
After Action Report for Artillery
Coalition stationed at Marilla
Posted by: "Dale Turner"
After Action Report for
Artillery Coalition stationed at Marilla.
July 10, The Artillery Coalition began arrival and
camp set-up. Rations were cooked and the camp was calm as
the night set in.
July 11, Camps were alive with activity early.
Coffee and Breakfast were made. Officers of the unit
attended Officer's call. As the men took rations a
flooding downpour began. After 3 hours of Thunder
Lightning and rain the skies cleared. We took the field at
3:30pm with 3 Confederate Mortars facing a single gun from
Wiedrich's Battery of NY. The Union force turned out to be
a small group of skirmishers. They put up a good fight but
were driven from the field. It was wet and the men found a
small barn dance later in the evening to take the edge off
July 12, Camps were open and coffee was flowing.
The men of Barr' Turner' and Washington Artillery were out
as the weather was much better. The men were supposed to
be drilling but due to lack of command by their Captain
the Artillery was relaxing and enjoying themselves.
Finally General Pettigrew noticed this and took command of
some of the men and put them to work. The Battle started
at 1:00pm and was started by a gun from the 1st NY Light
Artillery. The battle was hot and the fire was much more
than that of the day before. The skirmishers had gained
the strength of men from the 9th NY Cavalry. these men put
up a fight and took a heavily fortified Confederate
Battery. They were all killed except their Captain who was
taken prisoner. The Union had won the day. After battle
the Confederates held a courts marshal for a shirker, the
decision was that he be put to death by firing squad. The
camps were a bustle as men tore down to move to the next
battle. All the soldiers should be commended for the great
event that was portrayed.
Captain Dale Turner
July 13, 2009
After Action Report Marilla Civil War Days
keep with tradition we had a rain filled Saturday. All
was not lost, as the Battle went on schedule with the Union
being over powered by the Confederates. The Union
suffered a terrible defeat with many casualties to report.
short photo session was introduced after the battle to let
the spectators mingle with their favorite characters. This
was very popular with the few hundred spectators in
Sunday turned out to be a spectacular day with sunny blue
skies and moderate temperatures. The union acquired
necessary reinforcements for day two of the Battle of
Marilla. The Confederates fought strong and hard but could
not withstand the firepower of Union carbine supplied
infantry. The Union pulled off a decisive victory
taking several prisoners including their commanding officer
Col.Turner. During the battle a Confederate Private
refused to take orders from a commanding officer and
deserted his unit. He was later captured and brought
up on charges of desertion and failing to take orders from a
commanding officer. Private Hogan 28 of the 52nd North
Carolina appeared at court marshal, and was found guilty as
charged. Private Hogan was sentenced to death by firing
squad which was carried out at 2:08 pm July 12, 1863.
Condolences go out to his wife Barb.
July 4, 2009
in the United States. We are celebrating by
participating in our local parade. Our theme is Recruitment
during the during the American Civil War. Joining us today
will be President Lincoln and General Custer. We have
to remember our soldiers that fought to keep our nation
whole. Our parade draws an enormous amount of people lining
the parade route from start to finish. Go out and
watch a parade today they are great fun.
June 28, 2009
Marilla Civil War
Days July 11 - 12, 2009 is less than two weeks away.
Have you gotten your registration mailed in yet? We want
you!! If you are planning to attend and having dinner with
us on Saturday we need your pre-paid registration in by July
is calling for all Union troops to help defend the flag at
the battle of Marilla. He is calling for every Man, Woman
and child for this pivotal battle. We cannot let Mr.
Lincoln down for this key battle of the war. Mr.
Lincoln awaits your commitment
to the cause for the United States of America.
June 6, 2009
Marilla Civil War
Days announces the Music lineup for Saturday July 11,2009
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Revival will awe you with their fantastic harmonies, singing
songs from the past. If you like 19th Century vocal
music you have to see this group.
6:30pm - 7:30pm
volunteers take the field with their 19th century Celtic
style Civil War Music. This group was very impressive with
their selections when they performed at the 5th Annual Civil
War Days. If you want to hear a sampling of their music you
can go to their website
"The Irish Volunteers" You can also find them on
out to this free concert at Marilla Town Park on July 11.
Volunteers Civil War Band is a Western
NY based four piece group. All four members have
long backgrounds in Celtic and folk music. They
arrived on the Civil War and period scene in 2007.
Since then they have delighted audiences at
reenactments that include Amherst, Marilla,
Peterboro and the Civil War Music Heritage Weekend
in the Catskills among others.
8:00pm - 11:00pm
A Civil War
Period Dance featuring
City Fiddle a well known 19th century group will perform
your classic favorites. If you have never been to a
late 1800's old fashion hoedown you have to check this out.
It is square dancing at its best, complete with a caller to
help you along the way. You can come dressed as you
are, or if you like, come dressed in period clothes. I
guarantee you will have a great time. The best part of
this whole thing its FREE to attend. You may even see a
little skirmish breakout when the guys get a little
rambunctious. Some guys tend to chase the women around
and tend to get their husbands upset. This usually
ends up in a shoot-out.
Cannon Firing at
night. If you like fireworks you have to see one of
these monsters go off at night. It is an awesome
display of firepower. Bring your camera to get some
spectacular photos for your collection.
Artillery Coalition make an appearance at the Town of Marilla
Memorial Day Parade. They showed an awesome display of
firepower with three Mortar pieces. If you want to see
their display go to our Facebook page to see a short video clip.
Please remember our fallen soldiers, and thank the ones that are
still with us, for keeping us all free.
Event schedule is now posted
for you viewing pleasure. Saturday's Battle will be at
3:30 PM and Sundays Battle will be at 1:00 PM. Please click the
link to see full schedule.
Horace Greely and Abraham Lincoln will be making appearances on
Saturday, bring your camera's for this historic event.
Military and Civilian Units are welcome to attend, EXCEPT
Mounted Calvary. The space at Marilla is not large
enough to handle horses of any kind. If you portray a
particular character or scenario from the Civil War period
please let us know, we would love to have you attend. The event
will be held at:
Marilla Town Park
Rod Road, Marilla New York
Town of Marilla, Marilla Historical Society
the Eastern Reenactors Association
Bonfire Friday Night
War Living History
Sutler’s, Scenarios, and Skirmishes
Century Dance Saturday Evening
featuring City Fiddle
Additional Entertainment is Scheduled
Century Church Service Sunday Morning
War Auction Bring your Stuff to Sell
Auction Donations also Accepted
Ask for Details
Tea, Court Marshall
Raffles and Chinese Auction
Re-enactor Dinner, Saturday Evening at 5:30 PM for all Pre-Paid
Registrations see schedule for details. Download
Registration Packet and Mail Today.
Authentic and Modern Camping Available
Restroom Facilities and Porto Potties
Firewood, and Hay Provided
More Information Contact:
more info contact
Dec 10, 2010
Amherst 2011 Canceled
Please be informed that due to severe budgetary
problems at the Amherst Museum, it has become necessary to
cancel the 2011 Amherst Civil War Weekend Event.
On behalf of the Museum, the 49th NYV Infantry and the 33rd VA
Infantry Co.G, we wou...ld like to thank all of you who have
supported this event through the years.
Once the dust settles, hopefully, we may be able to put on a
2012 event at the Museum.
Your Obedient Servant,
33rd Va Inf. Co.G
Amherst Event Committee
Nov 4, 2010
Christmas During the Civil War
at the Marilla Community Center.
will be presenting a program Christmas During the Civil War
Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 PM at the Marilla Community
is bringing to life an 1863 Thomas Nast caricature of St.
Nicholas in order to tell about how our American Christmas
customs matured and developed during the Civil War Era.
Marilla NY Parade coming on Nov 7, 2010
Nov. 7th is the 11th Annual Veteran's Day Parade. Parade Line up
at 11:30am at the Marilla Fire Hall The parade starts at 12:00
noon, and marches North on Two Rod Road to Bullis Road one block
away. We will have our Mortars behind the fence across from the
Veteran's Memorial. After the Conclusion of the ceremony a free
roast beef dinner will be provided by the Marilla Grill to all
This year we will have both Union and Confederate units in the
Hope to See you there Dave and Dottie
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