Parade Celebrates Philadelphia’s Role In The Civil War

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A parade and Civil War living history events commemorating Philadelphia’s role in helping to defend the union cause is set for Saturday in center city.

The parade – marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War – is set to get under way at 10 a.m. outside the National Constitution Center on Arch Street.

It will feature about 500 re-enactors representing Union infantry, artillery and calvary units formed during the Civil War.

John Meko, chairman of the board of the Civil War History Consortium of Greater Philadelphia, says the assembly will also feature present-day active military units and marching bands. The parade will head up Sixth Street past Independence Hall, turn west on Chestnut Street and then turn south on Broad Street.

“We will have a great program in front of the Union League which will start right around 10:30 or so, and then down Broad Street to Broad and Washington which was the site where troops left from Philadelphia to go south to defend Washington in April of 1861.”

He says that was the location of the former Wilmington & Baltimore passenger train depot.

There, re-enactors will conduct living history demonstrations until 3 p.m. The day will be capped by a Civil War-period ball in the Union League headquarters Saturday evening.

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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  • Angry Citizen

    I have to agree with the two gentleman above. I am sick of seeing this happen at events. It is not only disrespectful to the reenactors, but also to those they are attempting to portray. He is carrying water, something we all need so why make fun of it? Not to mention that your visual representation of this historic event is one of a man’s butt. Most unprofessional and rude!

  • Jay

    Reenactors spend thousands of dollars on the correct equipment to honor veterans of the Civil War and the photo you post is one of a reenactor carrying water in a modern container. Did you think it was funny? It’s down right insulting and lousy reporting. Not to mention how offensive it is to reenactors that photographers seek to make a mockery of those who care about our ancestors.

    • Meade

      So….the parade is supposed to mark and commemorate the beginning of one the darkest and bloodiest times in this nation’s history, and this is the best photo you could come up with? Wow…

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