On November 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,the Cambridge Public Library will host a living history of the Civil War from one of New England’s largest Civil War re-enactor groups, the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The lawn in front of the library will be turned into Camp Cameron (Cambridge’s Civil War barracks) where the re-enactors will portray army life on the march and in the field through first person demonstration, story, song, and poetry. The 22nd Massachusetts civilian group will explore the war’s impact on the lives of those on the home front along with women’s volunteer efforts, including the creation of the United States Sanitary Commission. The 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry will be joined by the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard – all three regiments have deep historical connections to the city of Cambridge.
Highlights of the day will include:
• A vintage town baseball game played with the pre-1861 “Massachusetts game” rules, along with a discussion of baseball’s beginnings and how the Civil War spread the game.
• A Civil War era fashion show.
• Civil War poetry readings.
• Antebellum, early war, and post war music played with period instruments.
• Special programming for children of all ages.