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Muskets & Memories returns to Boscobel for 23rd year
Civil War
A panel in a Gettysburg cyclorama depicts Cushings final act. With his shoulder first shattered by shrapnel, another shell fragment tore apart his lower abdomen and highs. To give commands, Cushing is held aloft by his 1st Sergeant, Frederick Fger, also a Medal of Honor recipient. A bullet through Cushings mouth and back of his skull finally ended his life at age 22.

Muskets & Memories will be hosting it’s 23rd  Civil War era reenactment this Saturday and Sunday at Kronshge Park. A full schedule of the activities appears elsewhere in this paper.

This year’s Saturday battle will feature the final gallant moments of Alonzo Cushing’s life at The Angle during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Lt. Cushing was arguably the most important Union soldier on the field during Pickett’s brutal charge on the third day of battle.  But his courage was destined to go unrecognized until Nov. 6, 2014—when he was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest recognition for gallantry, The Medal of Honor.  This was accomplished by a special act of Congress since there is a time limit on the awarding of this honor.  For a more detailed account of the battles, please see The Boscobel Broadaxe camp newspaper.

The popular Ladies Garden Party will take place in the side yard of the Congregational Church Parsonage, 1200 Wisconsin Ave., on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.  Period dress is required for participation, but spectators may observe the elegant activity from the sidewalk.

The Period Ball and Pie Social will take place Saturday evening in the heart of Downtown.  All spectators are welcome to participate in dancing to the popular 1860’s music of the Old Man River Band.  Ice cream will again be sponsored by Schoep’s and the pies are all homemade by many generous citizens of the Boscobel area.

Among special presentations this year in the main activity tent will be Shelby Harriel’s talk about women who participated in the war as soldiers, Kathy Cieszki’s discussion about the Orphan Trains, and a presentation by some of the Generals who are attending the event.

Admission to the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.    Group and family rates are available