Saratoga 150 Military Encampments
Honors were paid to military members who fought in military conflicts in the young colonies and the new nation through a series of military living history encampments during the Saratoga 150 celebration.
June 8 & 9, 2013: American Revolution
The weekend of June 8 & 9 featured the American Revolution. Reenactors were dressed as British and American soldiers that fought the Battles of Saratoga and discussed why this was one of the top ten most important battles in world history.
A Sunday evening musical performance, at 5 p.m., featured Gary Ferris presenting a performance of “Until It’s Over There”, a dramatic re-creation of a World War II home-front radio broadcast, set in a New York City radio studio during the war.
June 15 & 16, 2013: French and Indian War
This weekend featured soldiers of the French and Indian War. The area around Saratoga played a major role in this international conflict, sometimes called America’s first world War. British Regulars, American Provincials, Rogers Rangers and Native Americans brought this colonial war to life.
The Sunday evening musical performance, at 5 p.m., featured The Racing City Chorus. The group is a 56-year affiliate of the Barbershop Harmony Society, whose membership totals 60 from various parts of upstate New York and Vermont.
June 22 & 23, 2013: War of 1812
June 22 and 23 soldiers of the War of 1812 encamped. This war is called the Second War for American Independence as the fledging country declared war on Great Britain. British Regulars and Seamen of the Royal Navy shared their experiences invading northern New York and their devastating loss as the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814.
The Sunday evening musical performance, at 5 p.m., featured The Schenectady Pipe Band. The band has been performing for more than 90 years and has won many awards for piping and drumming. During World War I, they performed in support of Liberty Bond Drives and in both World War I and World War II. The group went into suspension for a period in order to divert its manpower to the wars.
September 14 & 15, 2013: Civil War
On September 14 and 15, the celebrations concluded with the annual encampment of the Civil War. Attendees visited with Union and Confederate troops, cavalry, and artillery units. For more on the event, visit www.saratogacivilwarencampment.org.
The encampments were brought to you by the Founding Members of Saratoga150: The Adirondack Trust Company, Coors Light and the DeCrescente Distributing Company, DePaula Chevrolet, John Hendrickson and Marylou Whitney, 101.1 The Jockey, Maureen and Ed Lewi, Mazzone Hospitality, National Grid, NYTHA, The New York Racing Association, Michele and Ron Riggi, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Skidmore College and Stewart’s Shops.