Updated: Sep 12
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Of the more than 2,000 men from Clarion County who served in the Civil War, Perry Township Historical Society has identified 168 men who had ties to that township. “Many were born and raised here and went to war from here,” says Sally Jordan Reed, researcher, “while others settled here later, raised their families, died and are buried here.”
The Society’s Civil War Experience on September 19, in West Freedom’s Wetzel Park from 1:30 to 6, will honor these men in an opening ceremony at 1:30. The names of those who died in the war will be read, some of whom died in Andersonville Prison.
Township citizens, such as West Monterey resident James Hogan, who will be portrayed at the event by Randy Bartley, aided in the escape to freedom of runaway slaves via the Underground Railroad. Suspected hiding places in the township will be revealed via photographs and maps.
“Everyone will learn something they didn’t know,” says Reed. Participants will also include Sam Rupert of West Freedom whose great-great-grandfather (also Samuel Rupert) was one of those held at Andersonville. “We had a gunsmith and a dressmaker during that period and their stories will be told as well,” added Reed.
This event is family oriented. A donation of $1 per person over the age of 5 is requested at the gate. Questions may be directed to Ms. Reed at 814-782-3918.