Resolution J4719-2013

Commending the Chemung Valley Living History Center upon the occasion of marking the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Camp Chemung

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  • May 6, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 6, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 29, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  the  Chemung  Valley Living History
Center upon the occasion of marking the Sesquicentennial Anniversary  of
Camp Chemung

WHEREAS,  it  is  the  custom  of  this  Legislative Body to commemorate
significant events which represent turning points in our unique  history
and which are indelibly etched in the saga of our great Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  It is also the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of those organizations that seek to bring recognition to histor-
ical places within the State of New York  and,  in  so  doing,  help  to
ensure that the complete history of our State and Nation is preserved to
be shared with present and future generations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Chemung Valley Living History Center upon the  occasion  of  marking
the  Sesquicentennial  Anniversary of Camp Chemung; this milestone Anni-
versary will be celebrated Saturday, May 3-Sunday, May 4, 2014,  with  a
Civil War reenactment on the site of the camp in Elmira, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Chemung  Valley Living History Center (CVLHC) is a non-
profit group comprised of history and nature lovers,  educators,  living
historians,  and re-enactors who, 25 years ago, joined together with the
common purpose of enjoying history; and
  WHEREAS, For approximately 15 years, CVLHC's  dedicated  members  have
held  two  annual Living History events at the Newtown Battlefield State
Park in Elmira, site of the August 29, 1779, Battle  of  Newtown  during
the  American  Revolutionary  War; its season begins with the Ben Newton
Memorial Civil War Re-enactment event, held the first  weekend  in  May;
and
  WHEREAS,  This  year's  Civil War Reenactment event is special as 2014
marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Town  of  Elmira,  as
well  as  that  of  the  Elmira  Federal Prison Camp, also known as Camp
Chemung; and
  WHEREAS, Camp Chemung  was  a  40-acre  prison  camp  for  Confederate
Soldiers  during  the  American Civil War; established in May 1864 after
the United States War Department learned there were vacant  barracks  in
Elmira;  by July 1864, about 700 Confederate prisoners were being trans-
ferred there from overcrowded federal prisons, and  before  the  end  of
August they numbered almost 10,000 enlisted men; and
  WHEREAS,  Camp Chemung closed July 11, 1865; a total of 12,123 Confed-
erate soldiers had been held at the prison, and 2,963 died of  sickness,
exposure,  and  associated  causes; today, the camp flagpole is all that
remains of the camp, and until the last decade most people living  along
the  Pennsylvania-New  York border had little knowledge of this facility
that had played such a significant role in the Civil War; and
  WHEREAS, CVLHC's remembrance of  Camp  Chemung's  short  but  infamous
existence  includes  Living History demonstrations of what life was like
in a Civil War camp for soldiers and civilians;  skirmishes  and  demon-
strations  of Union and Confederate Artillery and Infantry; and food and
vendors representative of the period; in addition,  the  Ithaca  College
band  will  play  the National Anthem as it was performed in 1864, and a
35-star flag will be raised on the original camp flagpole; and
  WHEREAS, Events which symbolize the historical,  social  and  cultural
development  of  this  great  State and embody the principles upon which
this Nation was founded should be recognized and celebrated by  all  the
citizens of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
express its highest admiration for the  Chemung  Valley  Living  History

Center,  and  for all of the individuals who have worked to bring proper
attention to a place and time which  merits  recognition  in  the  grand
panorama of the history of our State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Chemung Valley Living History Center upon  the  occasion  of
marking  the  Sesquicentennial  Anniversary  of  Camp Chemung; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Chemung Valley Living History Center.

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