ALBANY, N.Y. – A full day of Civil War sights and sounds will be seen and heard throughout Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, during the 4th Annual Civil War Heritage Day. 

The day recognizes the more than 800 Civil War Veterans who are buried at Albany Rural Cemetery.

 

Civil War Soldier Camps, a mounted cavalry and displays of Civil War period wagons and carriages will be featured. Performing will be the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers and the Excelsior Cornet Band, New York State's only authentic Civil War brass band performing with instruments from the 1860s.

 

Civil War walking tours of the cemetery will take place throughout the day, with special slide presentations in the cemetery’s chapel.

 

At 3 p.m., there will be a parade and memorial service for the Civil War dead, followed by a reception for President Abraham Lincoln, his wife and his law partner, Ward Hill Lamon.

 

Among the many special displays and exhibits during Civil War Heritage Day are the 117th NYV Field Hospital, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Civil War Battle Display, the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, the Capital District Blacksmith Association and a special cancellation by the U.S. Postal Service.

 

Visitors should enter at the Broadway entrance to the cemetery. Admission is $5 per car.

 

The event one of the featured events in the 9th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ramble and is coordinated with the assistance of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

For more information about Civil War Heritage Day, visit www.albany.org or www.albanyruralcemetery.org, or call 518-463-7017.

 

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism.

 

ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center.

 For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit www.albany.org.