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Every stone tells a story

      WNY Civil War Regiment         es  made  by  the  people  of  Erie  1861 in Buffalo under the command
      Wiedrich's Battery Honored     County  during  that  uncertain  era,  of  local  businessman  Michael
         "Honor, Sacrifice and Courage:  and  the  legacy  of  Wiedrich's  Bat-  Wiedrich. The regiment is credited
      Erie  County  during  the  Civil  War  tery. An unveiling and dedication of  with  helping  turn  the  tide  of  the
      Featuring  Wiedrich's  Battery"  was  the  sign  marking  John  McHugh's  battle at Gettysburg when they suc-
      held  at  Historic  Concordia  Ceme-  grave, and walking tour to meet the  cessfully stopped the advance of the
      tery, 438 Walden Ave., Buffalo on  soldiers followed. A Civil War Liv-  notorious Louisiana Tigers. On July
      Oct. 9, 2021. This interactive event  ing History display and exhibits of  2, 1863 as the 141 men from Erie                             Re-enactor
      featured costumed re-enactors por-  Civil War memorabilia were on the  County waited atop East Cemetery                                telling the story
      traying the brave men of Company  grounds  and  various  Erie  County  Hill, they knew how lethal the com-                             of Wiedrich's
      I,  1st  NY  Light  Artillery  aka  Historical organizations were there.  ing battle would be; they had previ-                         Battery soldier
      Wiedrich's Battery who are interred  The  event  was  sponsored  by  the  ously been defeated by the vicious                           George Schaefer
      at  Concordia  Cemetery.  Medal  of  Concordia  Foundation  and  Echoes  Tigers  at  Cross  Keys,  Virginia  in                        as part of the
      Honor Recipient John McHugh was  Through Time Learning Center and  June 1862. The men of Wiedrich's                                    walking tour.
      also recognized for his service.  Civil War Museum, and was one of  Battery held their ground in the at-
         Special  guest  presenters  Scott  our  Erie  County  Bicentennial  tack  which  included  hand-to-hand                             photo by Bonnie
      Scanlon,  Buffalo  News  journalist,  Events.                 combat  and  volleys  from  sharp-                                       Fleischauer
      and  author  Dr.  Thomas  M.  Grace,  Company I, 1st NYS Light Ar-  shooters. When the smoke cleared,
      Ph. D., spoke about the events lead-  tillery  was  composed  of  German  the unit had suffered 3 killed and 10  The story of his life was told by house  that  celebrates  Concordia's
      ing to the Civil War and the sacrific-  immigrants  from  Western  New  wounded. A monument now stands seasoned  actor  Guy  William  Gane addition to the National Register of
                                     York and was mustered in on Oct. 1,  on East Cemetery Hill to honor the III, and an Honor Guard from VFW Historic Places.
                                                                    brave men of this unit.       Post  1419  of  Hamburg,  NY  per-  The walking tour that followed
                                                                      Pvt. John McHugh can best be formed a 21 gun salute followed by had  stops  at  the  13  graves  of  the
                                                                    described by the phrase "a soldier's Taps.                   Wiedrich's Battery veterans who are
                                                                    soldier,"  as  he  was  a  soldier  who  John  McHugh's  hand-carved interred  at  Concordia.  Re-enactors
                                                                    served for most of his life. He enlist- wooden  sign  that  was  created  by from  SUVCW  Co  I  1st  NY  Light
                                                                    ed at least 10 times in the U.S. Army master  carver  Joe  Reimers,  a  de- Artillery Wiedrich's Battery, Co. L
                                                                    from 1861 to 1898, the first time in scendant  of  Civil  War  soldier  Sgt. 1st  NY  Light  Artillery  Reynolds'
                                                                    May 1861 at the age of 17 under the William  Moeller,  who  was  also  in Battery, Co. I 155th NY Volunteers,
                                                                    name Michael McCue and was dis- Wiedrich's Battery and is interred at Col. John B Weber Camp #44, Co.
                                                                    charged a month later "on account Concordia, was unveiled and dedi- A US Engineers and other indepen-
                                                                    of being a minor."            cated. Joe's father Richard made the dent  actors  portrayed  the  soldiers,
                                                                      He reenlisted in December 1861 large  hand-carved  wooden  sign told their stories and answered ques-
                                                                    claiming to be 22 years old and for which is on the pre-Civil War farm- tions.
                                                                    the next 38 years continued to serve
                                                                    his  country.  Seemingly  a  humble
                                                                    man, when he passed away May 28,
                                                                    1910 there was no fanfare nor acco-
                                                                    lades; in fact his death was not even
                                                                    reported in the news and his death
                                                                    certificate  records  his  occupation
                                                                    simply as "old soldier." The Medal
                                                                    of  Honor  for  Gallantry  in  Action
                                                                    was personally presented to him by
                                                                    General  William  Tecumseh  Sher-
                                                                    man on July 18, 1877.
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