Past comes to life at Civil War reenactment at Fort Ontario

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The past came to life Saturday at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego as Civil War reenactors moved in for the weekend.

History buffs from around the country pulled guard duty and took part in military training, experiencing what it was like 160 years ago when the Union Army used the for as a recruiting and training center.

“One of the things that keeps me active is my continuing love of history, but I’m also an educator, a life-long educator. And I’m a life-long learner. And I’m continuing to do research on the time period and the history and continuing to want other people to understand a war that could have left this country in two countries,” Rochester retired teacher Susan Berandi said.

Fort Oswego served as a military post from 1755 to 1946 when the fort was turned over to New York state.

The living history event continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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