Strike for the Union and the Constitution"
--Inscription on the battle flag of the 155th NYSV
Do We Do?
battle reenactments, averaging
about one per month between late April and late September
hands-on educational presentations in
elementary schools, high schools, and adult education
Sponsor drills, training sessions, and
garrison weekends for new reenactors
March in parades
Honor our past as color guards at memorial
dedications, and commemorative programs
Present living history programs to the public
Celebrate at period balls or socials throughout
Work for the preservation of Civil War battlefields
and historic sites
Be a Reenactor?
People enter the hobby of reenacting for many reasons but
all enjoy reliving certain aspects of the Civil War era, as well
as the company of many new friends.
The idea of Civil War reenacting is to preserve and perpetuate
the memory of the common people who performed the great deeds that
forged our "new
nation" during 1861-1865. While working to achieve this
goal, reenactors learn more about the period through "living"
many of the experiences others usually only discover in books, movies,
recordings, or television.
Who Becomes a Reenactor?
People of all ages and walks of life become reenactors. The 155th
NY includes men, women, children, even entire families.
Active members of the unit range in age from 8 to 65 years, but
all have in common the spirit of adventure, a love for American
history and a heartfelt appreciation for the extraordinary conflict
into which ordinary people were thrust. Our ranks include soldiers,
musicians, (drummers, fifers, and buglers),
medical staff, civilian ladies and gentlemen of the Victorian era
and other impressions. In general, reenactors are people with
a special interest in the Civil War. There are no requirements on
"Irishness", or knowledge level.
How Do I Get Started?
New civilian members can attend seminars on aspects of civilian
hosted by the civilian portion of the regiment. Individuals who
seek to portray a military impression are trained by experienced reenactors
who teach practical aspects of reenacting, equipment procurement,
and the organization's authenticity standards.
Monthly regimental meetings also help new members become familiar
with the hobby. Both the military and civilian portions of the
155th NY have comprehensive handbooks authored by 155th NY
members available to assist recruits in getting started.
If you want to wear the proud uniform of a Union soldier
or the beautiful hooped dress of a mid-19th century lady...
If you want to learn more about our nation's heritage...
If you want to learn more about the Irish-American experience
of the 1860's...
If you want to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes
of the Civil War period...
Or if you simply wish to learn more about this captivating
Irish? Not a problem.
If you are interested in the
Civil War, we are interested in showing you what we
have to offer.
S-4748 Hunters Creek Road
East Aurora, NY 14052-9510