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'Reflection in Time' Southern Ohio Civil War Day Planned for July 13

Event to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Raid through Ohio

June 3, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013 marks the day when downtown Wilmington, Ohio, will be transformed into an exciting living Civil War museum. Reflection of Time: A Southern Ohio Civil War Day will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Ohio. Regional historical organizations and local businesses will showcase their stories, demonstrations, products and exhibits to highlight the event. The event will be begin at 10am and end at 7pm and is being hosted by the Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College and Ohio History Service Corps, an AmeriCorps volunteer program designed to support efforts to preserve Ohio’s history.

The hub of activity will be at the Clinton County Courthouse, where the Ohio Valley Civil War Association will present an encampment and sharpshooter demonstrations, and Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village will host a Civil War Ball where Russ Judge will call dances to the sounds of live music performed by the Dedication Band and The Hitchhikers. Pioneer Village volunteers will also serve up authentic-style beans and cornbread while Chester Friends Meeting members will dish out their famous home-churned ice cream. The first floor of the courthouse lobby will be open to guests and literature will be available about its renovation. Exhibits, book sales, and event information with programs and maps will also be inside the courthouse as well as $5 wristbands available for purchase for unlimited rides in one of the horse-drawn wagons through the beautiful Sugar Grove cemetery. Pick-ups and drop-offs for the wagon rides will be located in the public parking lot at the corner of Sugartree and South Streets.

Not far from the courthouse, the City of Wilmington Municipal Building is where residents and visitors will be able to see an exhibit on display from the Ohio Historical Society entitled Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later. A free speaker series will feature Bob Davis, presenting as Ohio’s first wartime governor, William Dennison, sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. General John Hunt Morgan himself will also make an appearance, as Lonnie Combs presents his side of the story. Also speaking will be emeritus Wilmington College History Professor Larry Gara on Quakers and the Civil War, and Wilmington’s own Lincoln historian Gary Kersey speaking on the Emancipation Proclamation. Event information, programs and maps will also be available inside the city building.

The Clinton County History Center will host presentations on “How I Found My Civil War Relative” and “Researching Your Ancestry.” They will also conduct free tours of the Rombach Place Museum, display reprints of township Civil War Military rosters, and provide information on resources available to find your Civil War ancestry. Genealogists will be on-site to answer questions. The History Center will extend its hours from 10am – 4pm that day.

Local business participation includes: The Murphy Theatre presenting Kim & Reggie LIVE! Songs and Stories from the Underground Railroad; guest appearance and book signings at Books ‘N’ More by Lisa Actor, author of the children’s novel Rebel Raiders; 19th-century inspired dishes at the General Denver Hotel; a vintage photo shoot at Pocket Park on Main Street by Inspired Creations; live Drum and Fife music at For a Song and a Story; a display of replicated Civil War quilt patterns at Cotton Junky Quilt Shop; toy soldier battle scene diorama at The Patterry Antiques Collectibles and Gifts; and much more. Participating businesses will offer 10% off to customers dressed in 19th-century period costume.

The Wilmington Transit System (WTS) will provide complimentary, handicap-accessible shuttles to four main attractions: Clinton County Courthouse, Clinton County History Center, Wilmington Municipal Building, Sugar Grove Cemetery. Pick-ups and drop-offs will only be available at one of the four locations between 10am and 6pm. Plenty of free public parking will be available.

Visit for more event information and a schedule or contact Cathy Harrelson at or 937-382-6661 x 718. Schedule is subject to change.

Reflection of Time: A Southern Ohio Civil War Day

Time: 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Location: Campus and Community

Details TBA


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