IMPORTANT: Due to a flared-up old leg injury, there is a chance that I cannot make this event myself--those who had rsvp'd by yesterday (August 6) were informed of that. Yet because it looks like such a fun event, I am reluctant to cancel it outright simply because I might not be able to make it. If you're still interested in the event with or without me as organizer, the new directions are to say in your rsvp "I'll be there no matter what" or words to that effect. Still meet for that 10am boat, but everyone should have their own handwritten meetup sign so they can recognize the other participants. I will send all "Yes" respondents word by midnight tonight whether I can or cannot make it myself. Time for the annual Civil War Weekend at Governor's Island, complete with re-enactors, music, demonstrations, and special guided tours of the Island by the Rangers, so Great Places in Gotham will be there, too! We are going on the Saturday of this two-day event, and here's a list of all we can expect to see:
ALL DAY SATURDAY (10:30 AM—4:00 PM) *Cannon Demonstrations: 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 (Please meet at the soldiers’ camp) *Introduce yourself to officers, their wives and prisoners inside Fort Jay and soldiers and a laundress at the Civil War camp. *Meet Confederate Prisoners and their Union Guards at Castle Williams. *Governors Island Music School performances throughout the historic district. *45-min walking tours with a National Park Ranger :25 after the hour from 10:25AM to 3:25 PM starting at the top of the hill at Soisson’s Dock.
Schedule of Special Events for Saturday 10:00 Early Bird Special Witness the Guard Mount as you disembark the 10:00 AM boat from Manhattan. View Confederate prisoners being marched to Castle Williams under guard. 11:15 Caring for the Confederate Prisoners 1 Visit with the Union Guards as they distribute food rations to the Confederate Prisoners. (Please meet in courtyard of Castle Williams) 11:30-12:30 Participate in a Recruitment Rally Please meet inside Fort Jay 12:00-1:00 Roles of Women During the Civil War Please meet outside Fort Jay 12:30 Governors Island Music School Performance Please meet inside Fort Jay 12:30-1:15 Historic Weapons Demonstration Please meet at the soldiers’ camp 2:30 - 3:30 “The Quality of Mercy: Abraham Lincoln and the Power to Pardon” Historian Ron Soodalter explores the fate of Civil War prisoners. Please meet at the Commanding Officer’s House in Nolan Park. 3:00 Caring for the Confederate Prisoners 2 Visit with ladies of the local aid society as they distribute care packages to the Confederate Prisoners. Please meet in the courtyard of Castle Williams 3:25 Walking Tour: “Prisoners of War.” Join National Park Ranger Collin Bell to explore the prison history of Governors Island. Funeral for a Confederate Soldier to immediately follow. Please meet at top of hill at Soisson’s Dock 3:00-4:00 Historic Weapons Demonstration Please meet at the Soldiers’ Camp As I understand it, there is no food for sale on Governor's Island, so we'll all be bringing whatever we eat individually.
When to meet us: We are meeting at 9:30am to get the 10am boat out to Governor's Island (a 10-minute ferry ride). I'll be holding my crudely made pink-lettered MEETUP sign! Where to meet us: The Governors Island Ferry is located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7. The Battery Maritime Building is a large green building and is located to the left of the Staten Island Ferry terminal. During the season (May 30 - October 11), the building is adorned with blue Governors Island flags. For more information about Governor's Island, visit their website at