Medina Journal-Register — History came alive in Medina over the weekend.
Starting Friday afternoon, Genesee Community College-Medina Campus Center hosted a Civil War Encampment, part of the institution’s Civil War Initiative in honor of the War’s 150th anniversary.
Saturday provided the community with the fullest day of events, starting with a parade in the downtown area of the village in the morning. At the intersection of Main and Center Streets, the parade stopped briefly for Captain Erwin Ambrose Bowen to be presented with a sword by the “Ladies of Medina.” (See related story.)
Later in the day, Bowen, portrayed by English native Simon Taylor, led the men of Medina Company D of the 28th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment into battle against a Confederate battalion on the field adjacent to the GCC-Medina campus.
In a stunning twist of events, the Confederacy won the day, shocking the gathered crowd. However, the reenactment held Sunday saw the Union soldiers’ side with more men, and therefore they managed to turn the tables and claim victory.
Among the many exhibits on hand were artifacts from local descendants of Civil War soldiers and the encampment itself, which featured a field “hospital” where the military doctor explained the medicine and medical tools of the era.
Saturday night also featured a Victorian Cotillion, when a number of people showed up to enjoy the night in period-specific attire.
The encampment’s event’s honorary chairman, Adam Tabelski, said the success of the weekend showed how Medina can adapt to unique happenings.
“It goes to show Medina is fertile ground for hosting a variety of historically themed events,” he said. “History, and Civil War history in particular, seems to strike a chord with people who want to experience the past in new ways.”
With the encampment on hand to bring the past to life, Tabelski said he was not sure what kind of reception to expect. He joked that his unsure expectations were highly exceeded.