The Geauga County Historical Society will again host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio. On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers, and traveling merchants will provide a living history of struggles and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion.
Obtain answers to your questions concerning the Geauga Country military units that served from 1861 to 1865, their engagements, their losses, and their daily struggles. Approximately 2,000 Geauga County men went to war and about 300 did not return. Learn about the famous battles of this war, including Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and others. Discover how those who remained home aided the Union cause and struggled with their difficulties. Find out Geauga’s connections to the Sultana disaster, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, the Union prison at Johnson’s Island, and much more.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the last year of the Civil War and the end of that conflict. It is also the year in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the year in which the rebuilding of the nation, so violently dissected and damaged by the war, began. Come and see the soldiers demonstrate military maneuvers and take part in skirmishes. Here the roar of cannon. Learn about camp life, including insight as to the food that was prepared and the diseases that killed as many soldiers as the bullets and artillery. Converse with the reenactors who will discuss their weaponry, uniforms, and military regimen, express the fears and hopes period soldiers, talk about the long marches and taxing encampments in all forms of weather, and respond to your questions about civilian as well as military life.
Come and be part of this commemoration of this very difficult and divisive period in our country’s history.
Mark your calendars and reserve the dates. Cost: Adults, $7.00; children 6 to 12, $4.00; children 5 and under, free. Food and drink will be available on the grounds. Period merchandise will be offered for sale. Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public. No pets permitted. For more information about participating in the event or attending the event, contact the Society’s Business Office at 440-834-1492 or, by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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