Friday, May 4, 2012

Elmira historian will commemorate Civil War soldiers

Elmira Star-Gazette, May 4, 2012

Elmira City Historian Diane Janowski has signed on as one of the peddlers at "Camp Chemung," the Civil War event on Saturday and Sunday.

Janowski created her own version of a re-enactor's costume, the attire that her German great-grandmother would have been wearing in 1865.

Janowski wrote a book, In Their Honor: Soldiers of the Confederacy, The Elmira Prison Camp, from New York History Review Press.

In the last year of the War Between the States, more than 12,000 young Southern men passed through the camp. Many suffered the harsh winter. Nearly 3,000 died.

The Ben Newton Memorial Civil War Event will be held on the grounds of the Elmira Prison Camp between Fosters Pond and the Chemung River in Elmira.

Visitors are asked to park in a special area at the Grove Street boat launch.

The event is sponsored by the Chemung Valley Living History Center and will include battle re-enactments, a period church service, candlelight tour, living history demonstrations, drill and artillery competition and other events.