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Battle Flag Preservation
New York State has one of the largest, if not the largest, Civil War battle flag collection and the State has struggled for years with their care and protection. 
In this effort, the New York 150th Sesquicentennial Committee is taking a commanding lead to get the word out for flag adoption to all our friends, associates and comrades…

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New York and the Civil War: It’s Time to Re-enlist

10 Reasons Why the Sesquicentennial Is Important for Our State

Bruce W. Dearstyne

May 24, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Col. Elmer Ellsworth of Mechanicville, N.Y., was shot by an Alexandria, Virginia hotel owner after tearing down a Confederate flag flying defiantly from the hotel’s rooftop.  Ellsworth’s heroic act initiated New York’s critical contribution to the war. New York was first among the states in troops (over 400,000), casualties (more than 46,000), war materiel production, and financial support.  

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The March of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient, the work of progress is so immense, and our means to aid it so feeble, the life of humanity is so long, and that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave, and we are thus discouraged.

It is history that teaches us to hope”.

Robert E. Lee

The pins are in. Commemorative pins

For group orders of 25 pins or more, the Committee has decided that we will sell to Participating Groups for $5 per pin. You can then sell the pins at your events/sites/locations for $10. For individual orders, the donation will be $10 per pin.

We also now have polo shirts with the Sesquicentennial logo.

Up until Aug 1st the polo shirts are for sale at $32, which includes shipping and handling.

After Aug 1st they are $32 plus shipping and handling.

We can order them in all sizes, male or female.

Payment can be made via Paypal, by clicking on the link below.

Make checks payable to The Friends of the New York State Military Museum and send to:
Lance Ingmire
Friends of the New York State Military Museum
44 Trombley Road
Stillwater, NY 12170

Citation Presentation
From left, Lance Ingmire, Bob Mulligan, Senator George Maziarz, Mark Bodnar, Mac McEvilly.

This is the presentation on April 12th, 2011, in Senate Chambers, of the Citation the Committee received from the Senate and the Assembly of the State of New York. This Citation gives us recognition for the efforts of our Committee to honor and promote activities of the Committee over the next 4 years.

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The Committee

Our committee was formed at the grass roots level to promote and develop a series of programs, encampments, displays, and exhibits utilizing both an educational theme along with a commemorative blend, honoring the citizens who sacrificed so much during New York's historic involvement in the Civil War.

New York supported the war effort by supplying more soldiers, equipment and materials than any other state in the Union and suffered more deaths during that horrific struggle than any other state. Almost every other Eastern state, has established state sponsored commissions, many in place for over two years. It would be more than welcomed if our leaders in Albany grasped that historic significance and endorsed this grass roots effort by bestowing upon us some official status.

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