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Cold Spring Village 2023

Cold Spring Village, Cape May New Jersey
September 8-10, 2023

The Two Forces

Cold Spring Village is a small reconstructed 19th century country town in Cape May New Jersey which has become a favorite of the 69th Pa over the years. This year it became a event marked by a collection of small reenactor camps  of two to three tents and soldiers from a variety of New Jersey units facing a large gathering of Confederate troops.

The Troops Lined Up

On Friday night while 69th Treasurer Lew Nugent served sandwiches and beverages for the arriving 69th members the feeling regarding the Saturday battle was gloomy…. We were about to be overwhelmed by rebs.  As assembly time arrived on Saturday veteran soldiers from a mixed variety of NJ units arrived mixed with new young recruits. By the time the battle had begun 1st Sergeant Austin L’Heureux shaped up the line and 2nd Lieutenant Dave O’Daniel commanded the union force. Captain Mike Ernsberger opted to be a corporal to relive his experience on the musket firing line.

Federal Camp

Skirmishers were sent forward and instructions were given for “street fighting” formation.  In front of hundreds of visitors the Union forces advanced using “street fighting” tactics to the delight of the crowd. The end came as Confederate forces  overwhelmed the forces in blue. Much was learned by newcomers. 

Camp Scene

Evening saw a dinner of crabs and corn on the cob with beverages from the village brewery and then came the rain…. A thundering deluge which soaked the camps and it’s inhabitants. Soon small scattered lakes formed in every direction and the days military achievements were discussed lasting into the evening hours. Needless to say, the Sunday schedule was cancelled with new rain.

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Upcoming Events


July 20
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

November 11
Veterans Day

November 15-16
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

Past Events


June 7-9
Annual Reenactment, Old Bedford, PA

May 27
Memorial Day Gravestones

May 18
Peter Wentz Drill, Lansdale, PA

April 27
Honoring William Meehan

April 6
Heckler Plantation, Harleysville, PA

March 10
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