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