Civil War reenactors of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment to visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.
On Saturday, August 21 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Company A of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment will demonstrate the manual of arms, explain about their uniform and equipment, and speak about the history of the famed regiment. This was the first African American Regiment raised in the north during the Civil War and was the subject of the film, Glory. Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial on Boston Common honors the regiment and their colonel, Robert Gould Shaw. Shaw died leading the attack on Fort Wagner outside of Charleston, in July, 1863, and the regiment suffered over 33% casualties in the battle. A full-sized bronze cast (11 x 14 ft.) of the Memorial is exhibited at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is located off NH Route 12A, just north of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge. The park is open daily through October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the site is $5.00 per person; children 15 and under are admitted free of charge. As a Federal Fee Area, the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior and Access passes are honored. For information on seasonal offerings, write: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745; phone: (603) 675-2175 x 106; or visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/saga