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Cold Spring Encampment

Cold Spring Village, Cape May New Jersey
September 9-10-11, 2022

Lined up for battle at Cold Spring Village

Once again the members of the 69th Pa “Irish Volunteers” journeyed to Cape May New Jersey to participate in Civil War Education and to trade fire with rebel soldiers among the trees and the houses of this restored 17th – 18th village.

Our camp at Cold Spring Village
69th Camp at Cold Spring Village
The command tent
The Command Tent

On Friday fifteen 69th members made ready to pitch camp and establish a fire pit to begin the task. Across the woods that night were Confederate reenactors portraying the 44th Georgia; the 19th Virginia and the 1st Maryland artillery.

Our Banner in Camp
Our Banner in Camp
Around the Fire

That evening the 69th enjoyed a feast and sang  Civil War songs played by Captain Ernsberger; former Captain Malloy and Adjutant Ernsberger. The sky was clear and the weather beautiful as all slept well in the woods.

Captain Ernsberger in Command
Master of the Bayonet Jerry Malloy

In the morning, roll call was taken by brevet Sgt. Kyle Schaeffer; flags were placed by Color Sgt Dave O’Daniel and breakfast was prepared . Orders of the  day included drill and review of battle plans followed by Jerry Malloy’s bayonet practice — we were joined by other soldiers attending.

Bayonet practice stand
Bayonet Practice Stand
Bayonet practice drill
Learning The Bayonet Skills

The 2:00 PM battle saw heated skirmishing from behind trees and houses as rebel troops attempted to gain the village. The audience approved of the Union Victory with applause as the battle ended. All members of the 69th returned to camp tired but victorious.

Briefing the 2nd Squad
Briefing the 2nd Squad
Civil War soldiers firing rifles
Ready … aim … fire!!
Marching into battle
Marching Into Battle

Evening saw another yet another feast with more growlers of brew. At dark the 69th camp fire burned bright as soldiers from all camps assembled to participate in the traditional flag ceremony which retires the worn flags gathered from the graves of veterans.

Little boy is a new recruit
A New Recruit Reporting Sir!
Our ladies selling shirts and books
Our Ladies Sell Shirts And Books

Morning brought news of impending rain storms which ended the weekend of activity. Shirts had been sold; monies raised $550, and new friendships established. The 69th continues it’s mission to educate the public and honor the men from 1861-1865.

The Country Store
The Country Store
The Cold Spring Brewery
The Cold Spring Brewery
Rebel Soldiers Capture The Barn
Rebel Soldiers Capture The Barn
QM Ashcroft & Treasurer Nugent
Educating the Public Visitors
QM Ashcroft & Treasurer Nugent
Educating the Public Visitors

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Band Performance, Siamsa Pub, Stroudsburg, PA

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Heckler Plantation, Harleysville, PA

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Camp Discharge, Gladwyne, PA

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Wilderness Battlefield, Spotsylvania, VA

May 18
Peter Wentz Drill, Lansdale, PA

June 8
Annual Reenactment, Old Bedford, PA

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White Chimney Estates, Gap, PA

August 24
Gettysburg Encampment, Gettysburg, PA

September 14-15
Cold Spring Village Encampment, Cape May, NJ

September 21
Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA

October 12
Fall Festival & Civil War Weekend, Mullica Hill, NJ

October 19
Reenactment Battle, Cedar Creek, VA

October 26
Langhorne Harvest Day, Langhorne, PA

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Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Phila, PA


November 17-18
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 11
Veterans Day Gravestones

October 28
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 20-21
Heritage Day Brubaker Park

October 13-15
Mullica Hill “Living History”

September 8-10
Cold Spring Village Event

August 25-27
Gettysburg Encampment

July 21-22
White Chimney Estates Event

June 23-25
Gettysburg 160th Reenactment

June 10
Old Bedford Reenactment

May 29
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

May 27
Memorial Day Gravestones

May 20
Living History Day – New Hope, PA

March 25
School of the Soldier

March 12
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


November 18-19
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 12
Lawnview Cemetery

October 29
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 8
Mullica Hill

September 9-11
Cold Spring Encampment & Skirmish

July 29-30
Gettysburg Encampment

July 15-16
Falling Waters Civil War Weekend

June 10-12
Fort Mifflin

May 30
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

May 21
Parkesburg Festival

April 29–30
Camp Geiger Reenactment

April 26
Old Cathedral Cemetery Gravestones

March 19
Band Performance Hatboro Pa

March 13
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

February 25-26
Daniel Boone Drill Camp


November 20
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 13
Lawnview Cemetery

October 30
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 22
Brad Upp Book Debut

October 16
Brubaker Park

September 24-26
Celtic Fest

September 11
Hay Creek

July 2-3
White Chimney’s

July 2-3
Museum Village

May 31
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

April 11
Holy Cross Cemetery


November 21
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 7
Mount Peace Cemetery

February 12
Lincoln Day Parade