The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War has given us a chance to reflect on the devastating impact that war had on our country. Now area residents have a chance to be a part of a "living history" commemorating the sesquicentennial of that conflict.
The 66th Ohio Reenactors will host a mock military enlistment in Lisbon from 10:30 a.m. to noon. today at the gazebo. Lisbon resident Jason Leggett, who is a member of that re-enactment group, would like the public to turn out in Civil War-era clothing, if possible, and participate by being part of the crowd that would have listened to speeches used to encourage area men to enlist in the Union Army back in 1862. Participants will also have the opportunity to join the 66th Ohio Reenactors, which is also looking for new members.
A re-enactment camp will be set up in the vacant lot at the corner of West Washington and South Jefferson streets. Around 2 p.m. new recruits will be instructed in the manual of arms and basic drill.
Columbiana County was deeply involved in the Civil War, so it's only fitting that we be involved in commemorative events. Participants in today's event will get a taste of history by experiencing what was happening on the home front during the war.
Another historic re-enactment of Morgan's Raid will be held in the Lisbon and West Point areas next July to mark the 150th anniversary of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's advance into Columbiana County, the northernmost point reached by Confederate troops during the war.
We urge everyone interested in Civil War history and local history to attend today's event and the re-enactment next July.
The Fighting McCooks, Clement Vallandigham and Gen. Morgan, are all part of the Civil War history of Columbiana County and Lisbon in particular. These are names we should remember from our childhood, if we were paying attention during history class when the Civil War was studied. If you didn't learn it then, these living history events are an excellent way to brush up on your local history and American history as well.