It’s Official – “Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge”

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller After more than a year of planning, Marvin Street Bridge in Smethport was officially named as “Bucktail Regiment Memorial Bridge” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Signs are now placed at both ends of the bridge to honor the area’s Civil War volunteers recruited by Thomas Lieper Kane in 1861. The Bucktails served with “high distinction” in 18 major battles in a war…

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Byron D. Hamlin Commends Volunteers During Bucktail Departure Reenactment

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller Ross Porter opened the week long Bucktail reenactment on Saturday, April 23, 2011 commemorating the departure of the volunteer militia from Smethport 150 years ago. “As reenactors, we are a living monument. We do this not to glorify the events, but to give tribute to the events and to the people who struggled and fought.” See photos of the Bucktail departure reenactment. The…

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Company “I” Reenactor John Stengel Rallies Militia Volunteers During Bucktail Reenactment

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller In April 1861 men from throughout the region congregated in Smethport to answer the call of Thomas K. Kane to join a militia. The Bennett House Hotel, site of Kane’s recruiting headquarters, burned in 1881, and is now home to the Courtyard Restaurant. Among those who volunteered for the militia and took the oath of service in Smethport was S.G. Southwick. During the…

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Bucktail Raft Reenactment Held in Driftwood

Smethport Web — by Ross Porter Saturday morning, April 30, Bucktail reenactors launched a giant raft at the Route 555 Driftwood Bridge immediately west of PA Route 120 where Sinnamahoning Creek enters the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, concluding a weeklong commemoration of the Sesquicentennial 2011 Civil War Bucktail Formation and Departure. The authentic raft was constructed by Bucktail reenactors April 2 and 3 under the guidance of…

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Bucktail Formation and Departure Reenactment to be Held April 23 in Smethport

Smethport Web — by Ross Porter On Saturday, April 23 in Smethport, PA, the Sesquicentennial 2011 Civil War Bucktail Formation and Departure will be reenacted in front of the McKean County Courthouse at 500 Main Street. Activities begin with an 8:00 – 9:30 am breakfast at the Bennett House, now the site of Courtyard Restaurant, across from the McKean County Courthouse. The reenactment officially begins at 9:30 in front…

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Tribute to the Bucktails

The Bucktails were formed as the result of a recruiting drive by political activist and prominent businessman Thomas L. Kane in 1861. Pennsylvania governor Andrew G. Curtin authorized Kane to form two companies of volunteers. Throughout the region, about 700 men answered the call for foot soldiers, coming from the wilderness areas of Elk, McKean, Tioga, and Cameron counties. Most were expert marksmen, giving the Bucktails their well deserved…

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