Departure Set for October 12th – 13th in Poughkeepsie
The City of Poughkeepsie will host historic presentations on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th, with events beginning at 11:00am each day for the 150th anniversary of the departure of the 150th Volunteer Regiment from Poughkeepsie’s Main Street Wharf (now Waryas Park), via the Steamer Oregon on October 12, 1862 for the Civil War.
The 150th was known as the “Dutchess County” Regiment because it was composed of men through recruitment in this County. It bravely fought at Gettysburg in July 1863 and participated in battles and maneuvers in the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea and campaigns in the Carolinas. The celebration will begin at 11:00am at the historic Poughkeepsie Post Office (55 Mansion Street), where a special 150th Civil War Regiment Postal Cancellation will be used. There will also be available a limited edition of 150 special tribute envelopes with a Civil War era design available for purchase to benefit re-enactors of this heroic Dutchess County Regiment. There will be key local officials and Civil war re-enactors speaking briefly at the event. A historic display of original 150th Regimental related documents, photographs, letters, and envelopes will be available to view.
On Saturday, October 13th, at 11:00am, members of the 150th re-enactment group will begin a march from the old Dooley Square (near the Poughkeepsie Train Station), down the Main Street sidewalk to Waryas Park in full Civil War uniforms. The original 150th Regiment boarded the Steamer Oregon on that fateful October day in 1862, sailing down the Hudson River to begin their Civil War service. There will be an educational historic presentation of events that would have occurred on that day by re-enactors and questions will be answered. By 12:00pm, the Regiment will march to 83 North Water Street to re-enact a Civil War encampment with the event ending at about 4:00pm. Please join us for this historic interpretation and tribute to the original 150th Civil War Regiment, that left with some 1300 volunteers, while losing 5 officers and 127 enlisted men during their tour of duty “In the Defense of Liberty”.
Mayor John C. Tkazyik said, “The City of Poughkeepsie has such a rich history and it is a pleasure to be able to showcase the City’s past with a special re-enactment and celebrations around the 150th anniversary of the departure of the 150th Regiment. This is a great event for families to attend, it will be both entertaining and educational.”