May 25, 2016

Michael J Petrides School

Yesterday's "Civil War Day" at the school was the first event of it's kind for them. Except for the wet weather earlier in the day, all went well. We were well received by the students and staff. It was good to work with the Cucuzza boys again.

April 25, 2016

Adopt-a-Line 2016

 We had a wonderful time at Gettysburg this weekend. We completed our annual volunteer monument clean up in record time. It was great to see our friends the Cucuzzas again. Hoping to have them be a regular part of the Society once again.

November 6, 2015

Remembrance Day 2015 Update

   With Remembrance Day only  2 weeks away, I thought that I would give those of you who participate, our schedule.
 We'll be arriving in town early on Friday the 20th, spending the remainder of the day sutlering, eating, drinking, etc. We'll be hoteling in Hanover this year though.
 Breakfast at 8am on Saturday at the Gettysburg Family Restaurant. At 9am, we will be meeting fellow members of the "Society of Civil War Surgeons", at the Camp Letterman monument on Rt.30 to place a wreath.
 After Camp Letterman, we'll part ways with the Surgeons and head over to McPherson's Ridge for the first of three ceremonies (The Railroad Cut and Culp's Hill to follow) honoring the 14th.
 George and I no longer participate in the afternoon parade, so we usually head out of town with the families and continue our Friday routine.
 Sunday at 9am will find us at the National Cemetery, where we place 'City of Brooklyn' flags at the graves of the Redlegs interred there.
 After the cemetery, we usually stop somewhere for lunch and then head home.
 Of course we invite any and all of you to join us in Gettysburg for all of the above. Hope to see you there

September 29, 2015

In Memorium

560a1424a0a2e_image.jpg We are saddened to report the passing of our good friend James A. Getty on Sept. 26th in Gettysburg.
Jim was best known to all of us for his magnificent portrayal of our 16th President.
Born in Fairbury, Ill on Jan. 17, 1932, he grew up in Colfax, Ill and received degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he met his wife Joanne. They married in 1952.
Jim was a Navy Veteran, serving in the Korean War.
Before moving to Gettysburg in 1977, he taught choral music in several schools, and directed choirs as well.
For the past four decades, his career has been devoted strictly towards his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
He is survived by his wife, children, grand children, as well as great and great-great grandchildren.
Jim was 83. RIP.

September 21, 2015

7th Annual Civil War Weekend at the Grange

I returned home from Islip Grange last night after a very successful event over the weekend. From the Friday night outdoor showing of the movie Gettysburg, until Sunday's skirmish, it was a pleasure. It had to be our busiest weekend in the 7 years that this event has been taking place. I spoke to at least 300 visitors at the Field Hospital.
Thanks to the 67th NY, Co K for making us part of the event. Thanks to the LaFountains and Jackie Geis for visiting, thanks to Joie for being our nurse, and thanks to Michael for his moulage talents.
Here are a few photos taken by Jackie Geis (thanks), and yours truly.