Questions answered about Bucktail monument

CURWENSVILLE – Tom and Sharon Aaron took residents back in time during a special program Sunday at the Bucktail Monument in Curwensville.

Tom Aaron, dressed as a Civil War soldier, detailed the sketch on the monument and the controversy it has created among Civil War re-enactors.

According to Aaron, one of the controversies is that the drawing by Edwin Forbes is not of an actual Bucktail soldier because of the location of the buck tail on the soldier’s hat. Aaron explained that this is not true because the Bucktails wore the tails on either side or on the front depending on the type of hat they had.

Other controversies involve whether the soldier is wearing socks or gaiters, the gun, which appears to be a shotgun and the type of canteen he is carrying.

Aaron also talked a bit about the history of the Bucktails, the origin of the monument and what the soldiers were issued and typically carried with them.

Aaron said that some of the soldiers who came from the rural areas did not know what drawers were. As a joke, they were told to wear them outside of their pants which made it easy to see who was knew to the army, he said.

Sharon Aaron talked about how the women were able to contribute to the war effort by sending packages of necessary items to the soldiers through the Sanitary Commission.

“Their objective was to do what the army could not; to provide all that was necessary for a soldier,” she said. Local groups such as church groups or the Ladies Aid Society would gather together to make shirts, quilts, drawers, gowns, slippers, hankies and other necessary items. They would tear old tablecloths and sheets into strips according to government specifications for use as bandages.

Sometimes women tucked notes or tintypes into the pockets of the shirts to add a personal touch.

These items along with other things like canned jams or jellies, dried fruit, sugar, and flour were boxed and sent to a local distribution center where the box would be opened and the items sent to where they were most needed.

The program lasted a little over an hour and was a presentation of the Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society, which is located at the Korb House at 836 State St., Curwensville.

On July 9, Sharon Aaron will present a program about cookbooks from the late 1700s to the early 1900s at the Korb House. These were more than just cookbooks, she said, as they held information on how to run a household.

Also the Aarons will provide a program at the Clearfield County Historical Society July 16.

  Tom Aaron holds a replica of a Civil War frock coat as he explains that the soldier in the drawing on the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” /><st1:place w:st=”on”><st1:PlaceName w:st=”on”>Bucktail</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st=”on”>Monument</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> is wearing a slightly different and shorter four-button coat.  (Julie Rae Rickard)

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