I received the following message in an email yesterday from this gentleman. I am uncertain whether or not the Society will become involved in this at this time. I post it here for your consideration...
(You will have to contact Mr. Licameli directly. Not through this site)
My name is Frank Licameli and I'm a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel
working with the Newburgh Preservation Association and the community of
Newburgh, NY in preparing a Memorial Day commemoration, tentatively
scheduled for Saturday, 23 May 2015 at the Old Town Cemetery in
Newburgh. The reason I am contacting you is two fold.
Private Frederick E. Wright, a member of Company B, 84th NY, who died of
wounds from Gettysburg, and whose picture you may have used on your
websites or Facebook pages, is buried at Old Town and we want to
recognize his sacrifice and have reenactors provide a memorial commemoration and discuss his life and the role of the 14th Brooklyn at
Second, his tombstone, a limestone column, was
knocked down and broken into three pieces in a storm a few years ago,
and we would like to get this information out to the entire 14th
Brooklyn reenactment community, to see if interested members can assist
us, financially or otherwise, with restoration of Private Wright's
The event we are planning for 23 May 2015 looks to be a
pretty big one and will honor veterans of all wars. At Old Town itself
we have about 45 veterans of the American Revolution, including one who
fought at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, we also have some War
of 1812 veterans, one of whom was killed in action. The other, whose
remains were recently located, will be reinterred in his family
mausoleum at Old Town with full military honors expected to be provided
by the Veteran Corps of Artillery in uniforms from the War of
1812, along with a cannon salute. There are also a number of Civil War
veterans at Old Town, two of whom were killed in action. Besides Pvt
Wright at Gettysburg, there is another veteran who was killed at
Fredericksburg. We plan to commemorate all the Civil War veterans
buried here. There will also be other community activities programmed
that day, including historic and art displays, as well as one or two
tall sailing ships (possibly the new replica of the Hermione which
brought Lafayette to America) being moored on the Newburgh waterfront (3
blocks from the cemetery) for people to tour.
I hope that I
have peaked your interest, and that members of the various 14th Brooklyn
organizations will be able to attend and support this event. I'd
appreciate it if you could pass this message along to the appropriate
representatives in other 14th Brooklyn groups, and ask that you provide
me their contact information so that I may follow up.
that one or more of your organizations or individual members might be
interested in adopting PVT Wright and supporting our efforts to honor
his sacrifice at this and future events.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me any time.
Frank Licameli, LTC (R)
Old Town Cemetery Committee Chair, Newburgh Preservation Association