Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. will be another quality program commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War – no charge, open to the public. The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne Co. Libraries, will host the program in the Wooster Library Conference Room. We are now in the final months of the third year of that horrible war.
We are fortunate to have Hugh Mullen from Niles Ohio, come to Wooster to present Sgt. Smith Stimmel, one of the “Union Light Guard” members, who was originally from Columbus, Ohio. Ohio Gov. Tod organized the “Light Guard” from Ohio for Pres. Lincoln in the autumn of 1863 with 108 volunteers, who came from most of the counties in the state. They began guarding the president Dec. 23, 1863, camping by the “White House” and accompanying the president wherever he would travel. They were dressed splendidly as US Cavalry and mounted on black horses, and were a most impressive sight! There was little written and known about the “Light Guard”! Sgt. Stimmel is one of two members of the guard that wrote their memories, and what an impressive story he had to tell!
Mullen has many authentic, original Civil War items that he will be displaying plus he will be dressed in his full Cavalry uniform. We will hear a recording done 60 years ago by Stimmel’s son, Howard, telling about his father’s experiences. You will find this program to be fascinating.