The battles may be over, but the duty remains for the members of the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company F.
“We really have two missions — to educate the public about the life of a Civil War solider and a civilian during the war era and to preserve Civil War battlefields,” said Chris Purrone, who is vice president of the nonprofit organization.
The education largely manifests itself in reenactments that the group holds around the state, and beyond, that present the contributions of the military and civilians to the Northern war effort. As for the second effort, Purrone said money that the group raises goes to preserving Civil War battlefields.
“This is living history,” Purrone said of the group’s efforts. “We will set up an encampment during which we will talk to the public, show them the equipment a soldier might have, as well as the daily activities.
“We’ll discuss a variety of things.”
As a complement to the proceedings, other members of the group will play the parts of civilians who ministered to the troops as they waited for their marching orders. Purrone said at those times when the army wasn’t in a full swing campaign, soldiers might find themselves setting up camp for several days and would rely on the kindness of the community in which they were stationed for things like blankets, mitts and sometimes medical care.
The original 14th distinguished itself throughout the conflict, Purrone said, participating in 34 battles and skirmishes throughout the war, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. The regiment suffered great losses, too. It began with more than 1,000 soldiers, but by the end of the war, there were less than 200.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the company will make its first journey to Weston, where it will set up a Civil War encampment at the Weston Historical Society for most of the day. In addition to military drills and weapons demonstrations, visitors to the site can see how the soldiers cooked for themselves. The role of Civil War nurses will be discussed, as will the life of Corporal Joseph Pierce, who was the highest-ranking Union soldier of Chinese descent.
There will be opportunities for children to get involved, too.
The reenactment is something new for the historical society, said Ivar Gram, a society trustee.
In addition to the reenactment, the society will be presenting a new exhibition, “Lincoln Long Remembered,” that day, Gram added. The show will be on display through mid-November.
“This is for kids and adults alike,” Gram said of the day’s activities.
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Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston. Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $15 per family, $5 per person, $2 ages 6 and older, free to members. 203-226-1804,www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.