- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

PORT JERVIS, N.Y. (AP) - A Civil War 150th anniversary event is being held in the upstate New York community where author Stephen Crane is believed to have found his inspiration for his classic American novel, “The Red Badge of Courage.”

Military re-enactors portraying Union and Confederate soldiers will be encamped Saturday around the Civil War monument in Orange Square Park in Port Jervis in Orange County.

Crane was born in New Jersey in 1871, six years after the Civil War ended. While growing up he lived in Port Jervis, where his father was a minister. Local lore says he would sit in the town square and listen to Union Army veterans about their experiences.

“The Red Badge of Courage,” published in 1895, is considered by many to be one of the finest ever written about the Civil War.

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