Civil War Re-encampment @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration…

Eileen getting a history lesson...

Eileen getting a history lesson…

We recently went to The Old Bethpage Village Restoration  to attend  the re-encampment of  The 14th Brooklyn, otherwise known as the 14th Regiment New York State Militia. My neighbor Robin H. is a re-enactor and often portrays Mary Todd Lincoln.
Robin H. as Mary Todd Lincoln...

Robin H. as Mary Todd Lincoln…

The 14th Regiment New York State Militia   was a volunteer militia regiment  from the City of Brooklyn, NY.  It is primarily known for its service in the American Civil War from April 1861 to May 6, 1864, although it later served in the Spanish American War and WWI (as part of the 106th Regiment).

In the Civil War, the regiment was made up of a majority of abolitionists  from the Brooklyn area.  The 14th Brooklyn was involved in heavy fighting, including most major engagements of the Eastern Theater. Their engagements included the First and Second  Battles of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. During the war, the men of the 14th Brooklyn were well known by both armies and throughout the country for their hard drill, hard fighting, and constant refusal to stand down from a fight. During their three years of service they never withdrew from battle in unorderly fashion.

 The 14th Brooklyn received its nickname, the “Red Legged Devils”, during the First Battle of Bull Run. Referring to the regiment’s colorful red trousers as the regiment repeatedly charged up Henry House Hill,  Confederate General Stonewall Jackson,  yelled to his men, “Hold On Boys! Here come those red legged devils again! “

Images below were taken last weekend. (Reminder; Click on any image to see slideshow)!


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3 thoughts on “Civil War Re-encampment @ Old Bethpage Village Restoration…

  1. Interesting that you called them the First and Second Battles of Bull Run. Around here, they are referred to as First and Second Manassas. I think that it was the South that generally named battles after the town vs. the North who named them after the geographic feature. I live right in the middle of civil war central here in Northern Virginia. There is a Civil War memorial right next to my development. Another piece of trivia for Civil War buffs: Loudoun County, VA was generally northern supporting while the area right across the Potomac River in Maryland (Poolesville, MD) was generally southern supporting.

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