Centerville commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

May 7, 2013 by  

Last Saturday, May 4, Centerville residents learned a lot more about the Civil War, thanks to the Washington-Centerville Public Library and its partner, the Centerville-Washington Township Historical Society.

The two teamed up to present a living history event at Centerville Library, which featured an accurate soldiers’ encampment, period music and costumes, and re-enactments of various engagements, performed by the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Civil War re-enactors are people whose interest in the conflict has let them to do extensive research that enables them to portray someone involved in the conflict. They wear authentic uniforms, use realistic weapons, and try in every way to take observers back to the mid-19th century.

The 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry draws members from Ohio and northern Kentucky, and participates in as many as 12 events annually. These range from small encampments to re-enactments of huge battles, with several thousand actors taking part.

The day’s events were planned to coincide with the ‘Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War’ exhibit which is at the library through May 31. The exhibit examines the Lincoln presidency in detail, and shows the central importance of the Civil War to the nation’s history. The Washington-Centerville Public Library is one of 200 chosen to host the Lincoln exhibit.

Although the re-enactment is complete, the exhibit remains in place until the end of May, so library officials will want to encourage people to see it. They could work with poster printing experts to create a colorful poster for display in shop windows encouraging people to come to the library