LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County will explore its deep ties to the Civil War this summer with a series of lectures, musical performances and re-enactments.
The 154th New York was raised from the Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and served in the Battle of Gettysburg. The unit lost somewhere around 200 men over the three days of fighting in the summer of 1863.
Another 42 were taken prisoners.
To honor those who fought for the preservation of the Union, Brian McClellan, director of the Cattaraugus County Museum, has established a schedule of education on subjects ranging from music to women in the Civil War, and even a bit of Confederate lore.
“In addition to the programs, we will also have new displays on loan from many private collections,” McClellan said. “We have tried to put together a good program. We are hoping for a large turnout.”
The first in the series will be a book signing and discussion by Coastal Carolina University Professor Valgene Dunham. His book, “Allegany to Appomattox,” focuses on the diary of a soldier in the 154th. That event will be 1 p.m. May 18.
From that point, presentations will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays. All events will be held at the Cattaraugus County Museum on Route 16 in Machias. For more information, call (716) 353-8200.
Here are the other events:
June 12 – Bent Brass Band presents “Civil War Era Music,” 7 p.m.
June 26 – “Women During the Civil War,” Jackie Cornwall, Delevan/Yorkshire Town Historian, 7 p.m.
July 10 – “The Story of Robert E. Lee,” Tom Schobert, historian and Robert E. Lee re-enactor, 7 p.m.
July 24 – “Gettysburg – The High Water Mark of the Confederacy," Craig Braack, Allegany County Historian, 7 p.m.
Aug. 14 – “Civil War Music,” Jim Kimball SUNY Geneseo Ethnomusicologist, 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 – “Field Music of the Civil War,” Union Volunteer Fife and Drum Co., 7 p.m.
Sept. 13-15 – Weekend Encampment – Re-enactors from the 154th N.Y. and the 34th N.C.