Hear the Silent Speak – A Civil War 150th Anniversary Educational Experience

History buffs, teachers, students, genealogists, and the curious alike are invited to visit “Hear the Silent Speak,” a free Civil War Sesquicentennial living history event hosted by Dayton’s Major General W. T. Sherman Camp 93 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:

1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Section of Historic Woodland Cemetery, 118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton 45409.

Bob Koogler as President Lincoln

Along with a display of Civil War equipment and performances of 19th century music, living historians will share information concerning some known and little known War Between the States 1861-65 soldiers, sailors and citizens. Among them, Colonel Hiram Strong who commanded Montgomery County’s 93rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Chaplain William Earnshaw who was National Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic veterans organization 1879-1880, and Private George Washington Fair, the soldier atop Dayton’s Civil War Monument downtown.

There will be a wreath-laying ceremony in the G.A.R. Section at 1 p.m., a guided tour of veteran’s grave sites at 2 p.m., and a Civil War music concert at 3 p.m. A President Lincoln re-enactor (Bob Koogler) will deliver and discuss the Emancipation Proclamation at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The event, sanctioned by the Ohio Historical Society CW150 Committee and the Lincoln Society of
Dayton, is associated with Discover Historic Woodland Day Oct. 7. From the Cemetery’s front gate at 1:30. 2:30, and 3:30 p.m., Woodland volunteers will conduct guided tours to grave sites of famous Daytonians including Erma Bombeck, the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and other historic people buried in the cemetery.

For more information concerning Hear the Silent Speak, email Sherman Camp at daytonsuv@gmail.com .

For more information concerning Historic Woodland Days, telephone Woodland Cemetery at
937.228.3221or go to http://www.woodlandcemetery.org/~woodland/tours-and-events
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