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Minute Of History

Gettysburg 150: The Farmingdale Connection

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, July 3, Serena Carter Brochu, a long time Farmingdale resident, and graduate of Farmingdale High School’s class of 1983 delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1st through July 3rd 1863. The battle, fought during some of the hottest days of the summer, engaged over 158,000 soldiers with estimated casualties of 51,000. Of all the participating states, New York State sent the most men into the battle, with nearly 28,000; one-fourth of whom were either killed, wounded, captured, or reported missing.

 

The Battle of Gettysburg took place in southern Pennsylvania just weeks after the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, Virginia. With the Confederate Army in high spirits, General Robert E. Lee took his army to replenish its supplies and to move the fighting to the North. Among Lee’s goals were to threaten Northern cities and to win a major battle on Northern soil. With its well-developed road system and plentiful farmland, Gettysburg attracted Lee’s attention.

 

Although the first two days of the battle proved successful for the Confederates, the Union Army, under the command of Major General George Meade, ultimately fought off the Confederates on July 3rd who then retreated back to Virginia. The battle devastated the town and residents of Gettysburg.  Every field became a cemetery; every building became a hospital. Surprisingly, there was but one civilian casualty—Jennie Wade, aged 20.

 

On Memorial Day, 2011, a Civil War Monument was dedicated here in the Farmingdale Village Green which honors the men from our community who served during that war. A number of the men honored by that monument belonged to regiments that saw action at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

The 145th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry was part of the Twelfth Army Corps, First Division, First Brigade under the command of Colonel E. Livingston Price. Of the regiment’s 245 men present at the battle, one was killed while 9 were wounded. When the regiment arrived at Gettysburg late in the afternoon on July 1st, it was positioned on Culp’s Hill. There, the regiment assisted in putting up the chest-high fortifications that would protect the Union Army defenders from enemy fire. Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill were of key importance to the Union position and protected the Baltimore Pike, which was considered to be the Union Army’s lifeline. On the 3rd of July, the regiment assisted in driving out the Confederate troops that had taken possession of these fortifications the day before.

 

On August 21, 1862, a group of young men from the Farmingdale community enlisted with this regiment in Oyster Bay. They were:  Philip Darby, Silas Haff, John Hendrickson, Zachariah Hendrickson, William McVeagh, William Murphy, Harlan Newcomb, Andrew Powell, John Powell, Theodore Smith, Alfred Walters, Cornelius Walters, and William Wood. By trade, these men were farmers, laborers, shoemakers, a wheelwright, a blacksmith, and a railroad worker.

 

The 119th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry was part of the Eleventh Army Corps, Third Division, Second Brigade under the command of Colonel John T. Lockman and Lt. Col. Edward F. Lloyd. It seems clear that this regiment saw heavy fighting given that of the regiment’s 300 men present at the battle, 11 were killed while another 129 men were wounded, captured, or reported missing. Andrew Conklin from the Farmingdale area was one of the wounded. Prior to the war, he worked as a farm laborer.

 

The 1st New York Lincoln Cavalry, while not actively engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, served an important function nonetheless. During the battle, the regiment’s various companies were scattered throughout the surrounding countryside performing reconnaissance activities.  For example, a particular scouting mission focused on how, and where, General Lee had crossed the Potomac River and what guards were stationed there. The mission resulted in the destruction of a bridge that would have been used by the rebels as a retreat path for their infantry, artillery, and wagons.

 

German-born Charles P. Scheuer from Farmingdale was a member of this regiment, having mustered in as a bugler on July 19, 1861. He was appointed a wagoner in October 1862 and mustered out on August 20, 1864 at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. He was a butcher by trade.

 

Colonel E. Livingston Price, commander of the 145th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, made these comments in his report on the Battle of Gettysburg: “Thus for four days and three nights were the men of my command subjected to the severest hardships, besides trials and dangers of almost every description; yet throughout all I cannot but speak in the highest terms of both the officers and men of my command. All behaved with a nobleness of spirit well worthy of record; each and every one seemed aware of the great issues involved, and the importance of the struggle in which they were engaged.”

 

The soldiers from the Farmingdale community seemed to have led ordinary lives. However, 150 years ago on the battlefield at Gettysburg and its surroundings, they were called upon to perform extraordinary duties. Like many thousands of soldiers, their service helped to preserve the Union during those three days in July 1863.

News

While the Asian longhorned beetle is most active in the summer months, Farmingdale residents are being advised to be on the lookout for these insidious insects. 

 

First discovered in Amityville in 1996, Asian longhorned beetles are destructive wood-boring pests that feed on hardwood. To prevent the infestation from spreading, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a federal order to quarantine the area, that originally extended from Massapequa into Amityville. 

The Farmingdale Public Library was recently the site of the rumbling feet and powerful roars of the mighty dinosaur, come to life in modern times... at least in the form of some dedicated actors playing the parts to the hilt for the sake of education and fun. 

 

The Wildlife Theater, a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s educational department, was on-hand at the library on April 17, bringing its unique form of lighthearted children’s entertainment containing vital information about the world in which kids live, and the fascinating creatures that share it with them.

 

The Wildlife Theater works out of the Central Park Zoo, traveling around the five boroughs of New York—as well as Long Island—to put on shows at venues such as elementary schools, libraries, and hospitals; they specialize in taking their conservation message along with them in the form of plays about animals and the environment, according to the Conservation Society’s Michael Birch.


Sports

The Over the Hill Gang softball league opened its 39th season Friday, April 11 with six games at Allen Park.  Bar-Boy began with an impressive 25-8 win over Bethpage Pharmacy. After scoring one run in the first, BB exploded for 7 runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back.    For the night, Ken Kuzman went 4 for 6 with 2 RBIs, Steve Kirk went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs, Frank Badalmenti went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs and a homer, pitcher John Czarnecki went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs, rookie Jason Cinnelli went 3 for 6 with a homer and manager Ken Kohlmann went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. 

Farmingdale athletes Franklin Diaz, Billy Allen, and Chris Daily put on award winning performances during the 37th annual All Round Foods 10 kilometer run for ASPIRE, through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 5. 

 

Diaz crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 34 minutes and 34 seconds, for sixth place overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Allen finished in seventh place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds, to earn the third place trophy in the 20-24 age group. Daily scored in 38 minutes, 45 seconds, in 17th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group, in what was one of the most competitive races on Long Island in the past year. 


Calendar

Boating Class - April 22

Board of Fire Commissioners - April 24

Earth Day Fair - April 27 

Tuesday, April 22

Power Squadrons Boating Class

On April 22, Captree Power Squadron will be holding boating classes at Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave.,from 7-9 p.m. Upon course completion students will be issued certificates that are accepted by local police, bay constables, and the U.S. Coast Guard. All classes take place five successive weeks on same day as start. There is a fee of $50 to attend, which will cover the cost of books and materials. For more information call Gene at 631-242-6117 or Charlie at 631-957-8604.

 

Planning Board

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Planning Board will be held on April 22, at 7 p.m.

 

FBHS 50th Anniversary Dinner

On April 22, the Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Founders’ Day Dinner at 6:30pm at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, located off of Rt. 109 in West Babylon. 

 Thursday, April 24

Board of Fire Commissioners

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners will be held on April 24, at 8 p.m., inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St.

Saturday, April 26

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

On April 26, YES Community Counseling Center invite you to attend a special concert/fundraiser at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. 

 

The concert, “Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends,” begins at 3:30 p.m. and will feature the dynamic music of Half Step, The Therapy Band, and Something In Between.  

 

Tickets are $40 per person and includes a dinner buffet. Proceeds raised will go to help ensure the YES Community Counseling Center has resources to respond to anyone requesting their help.

Sunday, April 27

Earth Day Fair

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will be host Earth Day festivities at noon on the Village Green located along Main Street downtown. 

Baseball Parade

 

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will hold its annual Baseball Parade. Beginning at 2 p.m., participants will gather outside the Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave., before marching down Main St. to Allen Park, at 45 Motor Ave. 

High School Go Green Club

 

On April 27, Farmingdale High School’s Go Green Club will celebrate Earth Day from noon-4 p.m. on the village green along Main St. in Farmingdale.

St. Kilian RC Church Blood Drive

 

St. Kilian Church along with the New York Blood Center will be coordinating a blood drive on April 27 from 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. The drive will take place in the St. Kilian Auditorium on Cherry Street in Farmingdale. For information on St. Kilian’s Blood Drive or to schedule an appointment, please contact Ray Redina at 516-523-7130 or Chris Hillier at 631-445-9026. Your donation will help to save up to three lives. Our community hospitals need your aid. Bring your ID with signature or photo. Eligibility criteria include you to be a minimum weight of 110 lbs., age 16-75 (16-olds need to have parental permission, 76-year olds and over need a doctor’s note), eat well, drink fluids and no tattoos for the past 12 months. For questions concerning medical eligibility call the New York Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900. 

Monday, April 28

Board of Trustees Worksession

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., on April 28, inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Tuesday, April 29

Farmingdale PTA Council

The next meeting of the Farmingdale School District PTA Council will be held at 7 p.m., on April 29, inside Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave. in Farmingdale. 

Thursday, May 1

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The next general meeting of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be held on May 1, at noon, at Dominican Restaurant 4, located at 305 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Farmingdale High School Honor Society

 

On May 1, Farmingdale High School’s technology honor society will hold its annual induction ceremony at the American Airpower Museum, located at 1230 New Highway in Farmingdale. 

Saturday, May 3

Mother’s Day Family Fair

On May 3, Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library will be holding a “giant” Mother’s Day Family Fair, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come buy a present for Mom or find just the thing you wanted for yourself or a family member. The Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the fair. For more information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829.



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