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Peekskill, Cortlandt Rededicating Civil War Monument

A ceremony marking the centennial of the Civil War Monument in Peekskill is set for Saturday, Sept 24.
A ceremony marking the centennial of the Civil War Monument in Peekskill is set for Saturday, Sept 24. Photo Credit: John M. Finnegan

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Peekskill and Cortlandt will be celebrating the centennial of their Civil War monument with a brass band and a march on Saturday, Sept 24.

The day’s events are scheduled to kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 South Street.

Marchers will proceed to the memorial site located at Memorial Park at the corner of North Division Street and Highland Avenue. That part of the program starts at 11 a.m.

Re-dedication ceremonies will include the playing of patriotic music by a brass band from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Afterwards, the program will resume at the museum with refreshments and the showing of the film, “Peekskill Bleeds at the Battle of Antietam: The Billy Pattison Story.”

John William “Billy” Pattison lost his life in the battle on Sept. 17, 1862, which ended with 23,000 men dead, wounded or missing on both sides, according to local historians.

Pattison carried the 9th NY Hawkins Zouaves battle flag that day.

The Civil War hero is buried in Hillside Cemetery on Oregon Road in Van Cortlandtville.

The monument ceremony is being sponsored by the Lincoln Depot Museum, the Peekskill Museum, the Lincoln Society and the Town of Cortlandt.

For more information, visit the Lincoln Depot Museum’s website, www.lincolndepotmuseum.org .

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