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St. Lawrence Seaway – Eisenhower Lock – Massena, NY

St. Lawrence Seaway – Eisenhower Lock – Massena, NY (Location)

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The Eisenhower Lock near Massena NY (Location) is one of two American-operated locks on the St. Lawrence River. Five other locks are operated along this route on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River and are, collectively, an integral part of the St. Lawrence Seaway System. The St. Lawrence Seaway locks provide a method for ocean vessels to travel from Montreal, Quebec to Lake Ontario and then back again without the need for intermediary-sized vessels. A further collection of locks between the Great Lakes opens the route all of the way to Thunderbay, Ontario and Duluth, Minnesota on the western end of Lake Superior, a total distance of about 3700 km or 2300 miles.

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Robert Moses State Park, Massena, NY.

Robert Moses State Park, Massena, NY.

Robert Moses State Park is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near to Massena, NY. (Location). I was traveling to this state park in order to enjoy and photograph the activities of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association Civil War Weekend. I was detained in Ottawa on family-related business so did not arrive at the park until dusk and the park office closed just before I arrived. I had brought my tent expecting that I would not have too much trouble finding an available spot to pitch the small tent.

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Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, New York (2012)

Civil War Re-enactment, Massena, New York (2012)

Today, I crossed the 45th parallel in Robert Moses State Park and was transported to another time and place in American history.

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Civil War reenactment encampment – Massena, NY (2012)

Civil War reenactment encampment – Massena, NY (2012)

Today, I crossed the 45th parallel in Robert Moses State Park and was transported to another time and place in American history. In a blink of an eye, I found myself transported about 150 years back in time south to a point around Fredricksburg, Virginia and smack in the middle of the encampments of the two opposing forces, the Confederates and the Union Army. The American Civil War (1861 – 1865) had been underway for a year but now in 1862 Fredricksburg was the focus of the Union troops.

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St. Lawrence County Historical Association Civil War Weekend (July 28-29th, 2012)

St. Lawrence County Historical Association Civil War Weekend  (July 28-29th, 2012)

In addition to the military encampment hosted by the 2nd Michigan, Co E Reenactment Unit and the battle reenactment itself, both of which will be covered in separate blog entries, the Civil War Weekend presented by the St. Lawrence County Historical Association of Massena, NY (SLCHA) also included vendors (sutlers) of period clothing and miscellaneous items Civil War reenactor interest, hands-on displays of period armaments, chair re-caning demonstrations, a fashion show titled “The Many Layers of a 19th Century Woman”, and many other ‘educational’ components. Hopefully, the following images will provide a bit of the flavour (Canadian spelling :-)) of the day.

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Civil War Re-enactment – Massena, New York – July 28th, 2012

Civil War Re-enactment – Massena, New York – July 28th, 2012

I made it to the re-enactment on Saturday and will be uploading more photos from the day’s events over the next few days. Uploads done. Click on the links below.

First of the Encampment images here.

Some pavilion photos now uploaded here.

The battle images are here:

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