MOUNT VERNON — On April 14, 1861, Major Robert Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, starting the American Civil War. On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and died the next morning. On April 14, 2011, Elixir and the Ohio Humanities Council present a special speaker in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.
William Tecumseh Sherman, portrayed by Mike Petee, was born 50 miles due south of Mount Vernon in Lancaster, Ohio. He had relatives who lived in Mount Vernon and his younger brother John came to live in Mount Vernon for a few years before moving to Mansfield.<;p> Sherman is best remembered for his march to the sea [which was actually the Atlantic Ocean], for having said “War is Hell” [what he actually said was “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell”] and for saying when asked to ran for the office of President of the United States said, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected” [which he did say].
Considered one of the great generals in the Civil War and considered by some to be the first truly modern general, Sherman was highly controversial with his scorched earth policy as he made his way through the South in the later part of the Civil War and proudly declared that if given permission by Grant and Lincoln, he would make Georgia howl.
Opening the program is Steve Ball, a Columbus Civil War era musician and regular attraction at the annual Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, usually as part of the duo Ball & Stahl. Ball is an authority on Civil War music and presents the music in the traditional fashion, on traditional era instruments.
Join others Thursday at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St., Mount Vernon) for the first of several Civil War 150 programs presented by the Chautauqua Series and the entire 2011 new Lyceum Series coming on First Fridays starting in May with the return of audience favorite — James Bowsher.
These programs start at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and remember the theater is a first floor facility. As always, remember these programs are presented on a donation basis. Coming April 28, Carry Nation, Bible toting, ax-wielding temperance advocate speaks as the next addition to the “Spend an Evening with…” Series.
Published on April 12, 2011