Monday, July 4, 2011

66th OVI - Co. I Civil War Re-enactors Visit Wellsville

Members of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry – Company I Civil War Re-enactors were guests of the Wellsville Historical Society Sunday after at the River Museum. Displaying authentic Civil War uniforms, weapons and field equipment was Capt. Rob Shick of Kittaning, PA, Pvt. Jason Leggett of Lisbon, OH, Pvt. Joseph Franklin of Minerva, OH and Kiersten Franklin also of Minerva.

The Re-enactors had a weapons demonstration with their 1853 Enfield rifles showing the audience how they are loaded tamping the gun powder down the barrel, inserting a firing cap and having one shot before it all had to be repeated for the next shot. The also demonstrated the different offensive and defensive commands and movements using fixed bayonets.

The 66th OVI was mustered in the first year of the Civil War in 1861. The 66th OVI Re-enactors got their start about 18 years ago and have found themselves busy this year with this being the 150th Anniversary of the start of the “War between the States”. In a few weeks they will be traveling to Virginia where they will participate in the Battle of Manassas along with many other groups re-enacting this huge battle that took place in the first year of the Civil War.

Anyone interested in enlisting in the 66th OVI Re-enactor's group is asked to call 724-664-4183. Like the Marines they are looking for a few good men. The River Museum is having open house every Sunday through August from 1 to 4:30 PM. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Private tours are available by reservation only. Call 330-532-1018 or 330-532-3941 for additional information.

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