Visit the Sons of Union Veterans and Allies in a Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Meetinghouse at First Parish in East Derry.
Reenactors and artisans will set up camp around the 1889 Civil War Memorial. The day will include a talk at the Civil War Memorial, visits to soldiers’ graves in the nearby Forest Hill Cemetery, indoor displays and talks, a lunch service for encampment participants, and the firing of an artillery piece.
A highlight will be the graveside presentation of William L. S. Tabor‘s Medal of Honor award from the family to the Derry Museum of History, where it will be on loan. Tabor’s citation for actions at the Siege of Port Hudson in Lousiana reads:
Voluntarily exposed himself to the enemy only a few feet away to render valuable services for the protection of his comrades.
Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event; attendance is free. The event is sponsored and organized by the Derry Museum of History, and hosted by First Parish Church UCC. The Purple Snack Shack will be onsite offering a variety of food, drinks, and snacks, and air-conditioned seating is available in the church’s Currier Hall.
On the Hour and Half-Hour 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Civil War Cannon Live Fire Demonstration in the field behind Taylor Library
Presentation of the William S. Tabor Medal of Honor— Graveside, Graveside Ceremony
Presentation on Derry’s Civil War Heroes at the Civil War Monument
Civil War Tour of Forest Hill Cemetery, meet at the Front Gates
Throughout the Day:
On display: restored circa 1880 flag of the George Upton Post, No. 45, of the NH GAR.
Displays about and guided tours of the 1769 Meetinghouse at First Parish, currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar historic preservation effort.
Sales for autographed copies of the authoritative book: Forward, Steady, Stay Cool! Derry’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors by our TJ Cullinane.