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CivilWar12At Historical Society Civil War Encampment: Abraham Lincoln to Visit Weston

Civil War re-enactors will bring the time period to life at the Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead on the corner of Weston and High Acre roads.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 3, the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company F, will set up camp in Weston. The encampment will showcase the daily lives of Civil War soldiers as well as the roles women and civilians played during the war.

Also scheduled to make an appearance is none other than President Abraham Lincoln — played by Lewis Dube of Union City, Conn. He will address the “troops,” as well as interact with encampment visitors.

The public is also invited to visit an Associated Press exhibit called “Lincoln — Long Remembered,” a pictorial presentation of President Lincoln’s first inauguration and his Gettysburg Address. The exhibit is on display at the historical society’s museum in the new Archive building.

The encampment event features five hours of activities, including military drills, weapons exhibitions and a demonstration of how soldiers’ meals were prepared over an open fire.

Children’s activities will include “volunteering” to march with wooden muskets.

“Saturday, Sept. 28, will be a day long remembered at the Weston Historical Society. Come be a part of our history,” said Reg Bowden, president of the historical society’s Board of Trustees.

Admission to the encampment is $15 per family, $5 for adults and $2 per child over six years of age. The event is free to Weston Historical Society members.

The day’s schedule includes:

10 a.m.

  • Public access to military and civilian camps
  • Camp life of the Union soldier and civilian life presentations

11 to noon

  • Military drill and firing demonstartions
  • Camp life of the Union soldier and civilian life presentations


  • Cooking demonstrations

1 to 2

  • Knapsack vs. blanket roll presentation
  • Arms used by the 14th CVI presentation

2 to 3

  • Military drill and firing demonstartions
  • Life of the Chinese-American soldier, Joseph Pierce

• Camp life of the Union soldier and civilian life presentations

For more informattion, visit the Weston Historical Society’s website,