The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will be commemorating the Civil War 150th anniversary with the 5th New Hampshire Regiment Encampment on June 8 and 9, 2013, from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The Museum opens the grounds early, at 9 AM, on Saturday and Sunday so visitors can watch the regiment as it follows a usual day’s routine: cooking breakfast over an open fire, answering roll call and performing armed drills, a camp court martial and a 19th century baseball game. Highlights of the weekend include a controversy between the regiment’s volunteer veterans of early campaigns and the new troops who were paid a bonus to enlist. Glass-plate photographer Mark Bingham also returns to the event.
In this year of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg stands out in people’s minds. In early June 1863, the 5th NH Regiment was just weeks away from the battle where their beloved Colonel Edward Cross would be mortally wounded and whose scars became part of the nation’s collective memory. Strawbery Banke Museum offers a view of how events in the field affected life here in this Portsmouth neighborhood.
Strawbery Banke is located in historic Portsmouth near the Piscataqua River and Prescott Park. Admission to the museum is $17.50 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 through 17, and free for children 4 and under. A family rate of $45 for two adults and children under 17 is also available. The special Civil War anniversary event is included with regular museum admission. For the full program and schedule of events, click here.
The 5th New Hampshire Regiment, “The Fighting Fifth” is a campaign-oriented, Civil War living history organization. Founded in 1981, the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers is a membership organization seeking to recreate and honor Company A, formed in 1861 to assist in preserving the Union. The 5th NHV is a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt historical society, organized to promote, educate and preserve the Civil War heritage of our state and nation representing in style and equipment an authentic Union Civil War Infantry Regiment. Members of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers have gathered due to a common goal of participating in a living-history experience that approximates soldier life from 1861-1865. For more information on the Regiment, click here.