Perry Township Historical Society to Host Civil War Experience

Updated: Jun 7

Perry Township Historical Society is proud of the public events it has held in the past and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. “Civil War Experience” will be held from 1:30 to 6:00 on Saturday, September 19th at the park and ûre hall in West Freedom on Route 368 between Callensburg and Parker. Important figures of the Civil War era will be portrayed by local people including Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott, a West Freedom seamstress, a West Monterey abolitionist, and Abraham Lincoln. Great-grandsons of Perry Township soldiers will tell their ancestors’ stories and the Underground Railroad through the township and Andersonville Prison (where 6 township men died) will be highlighted. Lewis Bassinger will explain surgery on the battlefield and give presentations with his collection of surgical equipment of the era, and Company C 2nd US Sharpshooters will be represented. Fun and educational, this event will also feature history of approximately 150 men who served in the war from Perry Township. Collectors of Civil War artifacts who would like to have a display at the event should call Sally Reed at 814-782-3918 no later than June 1. A complete schedule of events will be available after June 1.

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