Beginning of the Civil War Lecture Series
Veterans Day is just around the corner, and as part of the 150th anniversary of ‘the man on the monument’ there are great opportunities to celebrate Champaign County veterans who served with the Union during the civil war.
To kick off the activities, a series of free lectures will begin on November 7 at 2 p.m. The Champaign County Historical Society will host a program presented by Urbana Mayor Bill Bean and local historian John Bry.
The program will highlight Civil War regiments linked to Champaign County and offer insight into the history of the monument which was built to honor all of Champaign County residents who lost their lives during the war. From regiments of the âforgotten soldiersâ of Champaign County, to struggles to honor those who served in the war, the program will present a picture of the links between the Civil War and Champaign County.
This program will be repeated at the following locations:
-November 7, 6:00 p.m., 1858 Meeting House, 43 Sandusky St., Mechanicsburg.
-On November 8, 7 p.m., Saint-Paris Public Library, 127, rue Main Est, Saint-Paris.
-November 9, 7 p.m., Old Woodstock Universal Church, 111 Burnwell St., Woodstock.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that Marion’s attorney, Douglas Ebert, will be joining us on November 8 and 9 to make a first-person presentation from Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was born in Ohio, became the 18th President of the United States, and during his tenure worked with Congress to create the Department of Justice. Let’s give Ebert a big turnout from Champaign County to Saint-Paris and Woodstock to show our appreciation for his willingness to travel and take the time out of his schedule to share his knowledge. All programs are free and open to the public.
The next stop on the program is a walk to the Civil War Veterans Cemetery which will be presented by Jared Shank at 4 p.m. on November 12 and 13 at Evergreen Cemetery in Saint-Paris. The visit is free, but donations are welcome. Please send an RSVP to [email protected]
Concluding the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the man on the monument, the committee has planned a re-inauguration ceremony to be held in the town square of Urbana on December 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. Final details are pending, but mark your calendar to join the big party.
Reenactor Douglas Ebert
Sandy Gonzalez submitted this article on behalf of the Champaign County Historical Society.