The 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry returns to Lewis Park on Aug. 5

| 01 Aug 2017 | 07:44

WARWICK — On Saturday, Aug. 5, from noon to 4 p.m., come out to Lewis Park on Main Street in the Village of Warwick for a Living History Celebration when the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry will be setting up a Civil War encampment as part of the village's 150th anniversary celebration.
Members of the 15th will be dressed in period attire and will be displaying the common items a Civil War soldier would have, including a dog tent, a period-style cavalry saddle and arms.
In addition, people will be intrigued to learn about phrases that we use currently (such as "the whole Shebang") and gain a better understanding of their origins.
This event is free and open to the public.
The 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry traces its roots back to the actual unit that was formed in 1863 by the State of New York. The unit proudly and distinctively in various campaigns during the Civil War.
Its highest honor was serving in 3rd Division of Cavalry, commanded by General George A. Custer, in the Army of The Potomac. Under the general, the unit took the nickname “The Red Neckties” in respect and honor of Custer, who always wore the red necktie, so he would be recognized in battle.
In 1993, after 130 years, the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry was reactivated in order to preserve Civil War history and to interpret the true hardship and life style of the common cavalry soldier.
The unit participates in numerous events, ranging from parades, memorial ceremonies, living history presentations at schools and parks, to major Civil War reenactments.
Members do not have to own or know how to ride a horse. The 15th is a family-oriented group. They are associated members with the 2nd New Jersey Brigade and associated volunteers with Hill Hold Museum out of Campbell Hall.
For more information, call Ken Colomba at 845-986-9810.
For more information about the Warwick Historical Society, call 845-986-3236 ext. 106 or visit