History comes to life in Medina

April 25, 2018 by  

Nearly 150 lovers of history recently got together to listen to ‘Voices from the Civil War’, a presentation by the Medina County Historical Society. The evening consisted of readings from the Civil War era interspersed with songs. The materials had a Medina connection.

The readings were edited and compiled by local historian and author Joann King. The speakers included Richard Clark, a member of the society, who read the speech of H.G. Blake to the United States Congress in 1861. Blake, a founding father of Medina, urged the states not to secede, to accept President Lincoln, and to be aware that the United States government was lawful, and to secede would be rebellion, which would lead to war.

Civil War re-enactor Patrick Abbey came to the event wearing a complete Union uniform. Abbey read from Lorenzo Vanderhoef’s diaries. Vanderhoef, a resident of Homer Township, fought for the Union, and was wounded at Antietam. He described the life of an ordinary soldier.

Other readings were from George Metcalf’s memoirs, who enlisted and deserted twice before enlisting a third time and staying with it, and fought at Gettysburg. Linda Limpert read about a murder, and subsequent trial and conviction, that resulted in the only hanging in Medina’s history.

Events like this present a lot of information, so presenters might consider working with a brochure printer to create a booklet organizing it.