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The 79th New York Infantry is based in Knoxville, Tennessee and has members from across East Tennessee. We are dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fought in the Civil War, educating others on the war and the common soldier, and helping preserve the history of our area.
Why do we portray a New York unit? The 79th New York is a very storied unit from the war. The 79th was present at many major battles, including First Bull Run, ( where their commander, Colonel Cameron, brother of Secretary of War Simon Cameron, was killed ), Antietam, and Vicksburg, as well as fights along the coast. The 79th was also present in the East Tennessee Campaign, and was part of the garrison of Fort Sanders in Knoxville when General Longstreet attacked in November of 1863.
The 79th is part of the Army of the French Broad, an umbrella organization of Federal reenacting units in the South. The AFB is a well respected group with connections to multiple events and other reenacting groups across the country.
The 79th New York takes part in several reenactments every year, and has participated in such national-level events as the the 140th, 145th and 150th Anniversary Battles of Antietam, the National Event at Perryville, KY, 150th Bentonville, NC, the 135th, 140th and 150th Anniversary Battles of Bull Run, Battle of Chickamauga, 150th Wilderness and 150th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg, The Grand Review in Washington, DC, among many others. Also, we have attended events at both national and state parks, including Fort Sumter, Fort Fisher State Historic Site in North Carolina and Port Hudson State Historic Site in Louisiana. Our unit strives to be historically accurate and utilizes extensive archaeological evidence as well as written histories and documentation.
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The Union Forever, and Scotland a Little Longer!
The 79th New York in no way endorses, supports or advocates, any racist, homophobic, sexist, white supremacist, or any related or like activities. We are strictly a military reenactment unit…see our statement on the top of the page