“So many of our men from this part of Ohio were involved with the Civil War,” said Sharon Manson, executive director of the Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The featured speaker will be local historian Don Martin, who will give his presentation at 2:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be a living-history discussion about the Civil War soldier, going over some of the basic equipment,” Martin said. “The other part of it is going to be about Company B of the 73rd Ohio Volunteers. Company B was largely made up of soldiers from Pike County. So we’ll talk about some of their experiences as well.”
Martin is the Ohio commander of the Sons of Union Veterans. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is a volunteer, non-profit, patriotic and educational organization. Founded in 1881 by sons of Civil War veterans, the SUVCW today has more than 6,000 members. Locally, the group has been working to place headstones on the graves of Civil War soldiers buried in Pike County.
“I’ll have equipment, rifle, uniform — will actually be in uniform — and going through some basic rifle use and talking about some of the things a soldier would have carried during the war,” Martin said.
Martin has worked for the Waverly City School system since 1998 teaching high school social studies and science. He has also occasionally taught at Rio Grande University, where he is a mentor for their graduation program. In March 2008, he was a national finalist representing Ohio in the Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.
In recent years, Martin has traveled to South Korea, Germany and Brazil, discussing history, culture and education. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, and is active with the Boy Scouts of America.
Artifacts from the Civil War will be on display at the museum, and historians will be available to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.
“One of the things that is unique here is a bust of (President Abraham) Lincoln that is something people will want to see, along with pictures of some of the battlefields. Other people will bring some things in, too,” Manson said.
The Pike County Visitor’s Bureau is planning to host several events over the next four years to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War.
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