The 26th Annual Bucktail Reunion will take place in Myerstown this weekend

2 min readPosted August 1, 2019

History buffs may be familiar with a regiment of rifleman formed during the Civil War known as “The Bucktails.”

Arguably the most famous unit to come out of Pennsylvania during the Civil War, The Bucktails were comprised of woodsmen from across the state who could be recognized by the buck-tail attached to their hats; a symbol of pride (and marksmanship).

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Each year, a group of “Bucktails” set up a camp to commemorate the historic regiment, and this year a camp will be set up at Myerstown Community Park.

The 26th Bucktail Reunion will take place at the park from August 2 through August 4 and will have a focus on history and family entertainment.

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In addition to things happening within the park, there will also be events happening at the nearby Isaac Meier Homestead on Route 501.

According to Myerstown Borough Manager Michael McKenna, the Bucktail Reunion gives Myerstown an opportunity to continue growing in the wake of the borough’s 250th anniversary last year.

“This is a major event for the Borough of Myerstown”, McKenna said in a press release, “We brought the community together throughout our 250th Anniversary in 2018. The Bucktail Reunion is proof that we intend to keep the momentum going.”

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The Bucktail camp will open to the public on Saturday, August 3 at 9am.

See the full schedule and a flier below.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
12:00 PM BUCKTAIL CAMP OPENS FOR REGISTRATION
AT MYERSTOWN COMMUNITY PARK (GPS 450 South College Street)
8:00 PM EVENING ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
9:00 AM BUCKTAIL CAMP IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
10:30 AM UNION CANAL CAPTAIN “CAPPY” HUMMEL (Main Stage)
11:30 AM GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD GUIDE RICH KOHR (Main Stage)
2:00 PM 2ND SOUTH CAROLINA STRING BAND CONCERT (Main Stage)
4:30 PM BUCKTAIL REUNION GROUP PHOTOGRAPH (Isaac Meier Homestead)
6:00 PM SATURDAY CATERED MEAL (Pavilions)
8:00 PM 2ND SOUTH CAROLINA STRING BAND CAMPFIRE CONCERT

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
8:15 AM MORNING SERVICE IN CAMP (Main Stage)
9:00 AM DEPART FOR CEMETERY HONORS
9:30 AM MT. HOPE CEMETERY HONORS (Capt. John Bassler & Sgt. Henry Spayd)
10:15 AM MARCH FROM MT. HOPE CEMETERY TO UNION CEMETERY (1 mile)
11:00 AM UNION CEMETERY HONORS (Sgt. Henry Brehm)
12:00 PM FAREWELL TO PARDS & CLOSE OF BUCKTAIL CAMP

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