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Decoration Day Weekend: Civil War Remembrances
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Commemorate the Civil War’s 150th anniversary by discovering how former resident, General Joseph Warren Revere, made a costly decision at the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville. On Saturday, May 25, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., relive a chapter from the annals of the Civil War at Decoration Day Weekend during “Civil War Remembrances” at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Historian, author, actor, educator, and recipient of the North Jersey Civil War Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, William R. Chemerka portrays the general and recounts the details of his action which resulted in a court martial. Joining Chemerka at the Revere’s Gothic Revival home, The Willows, is Debbie Chemerka who shares a woman’s perspective as Mrs. Rosanna Revere.

This event provides a unique opportunity to view an extensive collection of original Civil War artifacts owned by author and 33rd New Jersey Infantry re-enactor, Robert Jones, at Fosterfields. On display are period weapons, letters, and personal items used by individual soldiers during war, as well as relics from the Gettysburg battlefield, as well as a shaving mirror used by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who was featured in the movie Glory commanded the all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Another unique artifact is a dinner plate from the Lincoln Presidential dining service ordered by Mary Todd Lincoln in 1864.

Both guests, Bill Chemerka and Robert Jones, are esteemed authors. Bill’s literary accomplishments include books about Davy Crocket and the Battle of the Alamo and his most recent feat, General Joseph Warren Revere: the Gothic Saga of Paul Revere’s Grandson, which will be on sale at Fosterfields for $20 each. Robert Jones has authored: “Children at the Battle of Gettysburg: Their Unforgettable Summer;” “The Civil War Canteen;” “Battle of Gettysburg: the Relics, Artifacts, and Souvenirs”, and his most recent, “Civil War Artillery- A Pictorial Introduction.” For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.