In 1863, 12-year-old Johnny Clem participated in the famous Civil War battle of Chickamauga. Escaped slave, “Contraband Jackson,” served as a drummer boy and stretcher bearer in the 79th Infantry Regiment – U.S. Colored Troops. It was an all-black unit that incurred heavy casualties. Fifteen year-old Tillie Pierce served as a nurse at Gettysburg. They were just three of the thousands of boys and girls engaged in the Civil War; whether on the front lines or back home, active in vital adult roles that would astonish us today.
Civil war historian and re-enactor, Yvonne Bigney, promises to bring the subject alive on Thurs., Apr. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Senior Center, located at 1 Cohen Cir. in Florida. Last year Bigney did an excellent and informative presentation on Civil War Women and this talk is bound to be just as engaging.
The suggested donation for this fundraiser is $10 per person or $15 for two people. Students will be admitted free. Light refreshments will be served and proceeds will go to support the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead.
To RSVP, call 294-3839 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at the door.