By AMY GAREIS News-Herald Staff Writer
NEW RUMLEY – The Village of New Rumley and history buffs alike will join together June 2 to commemorate its favorite son, Gen. George Armstrong Custer.
The Custer Memorial Association is hosting festivities in conjunction with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War following the theme “1862 — The Year of Hope and Horror.”
The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Custer Monument along Ohio 646, where the Gen. George A. Custer VFW Post 3072 of Jewett will raise the colors and perform “Taps.” Meanwhile, cavalry, infantry and artillery soldiers will be on hand with their equipment in Custer Park. The public can participate in question-and-answer sessions and view demonstrations, including the firing of an actual Civil War cannon.
“The title is [the same as] the state sesquicentennial,” said Program Coordinator Dave Rose. “The hope part of it was the Emancipation Proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln did in 1862, which freed the slaves, and the horror is the battle that caused the most casualties: Antietam, which was also in 1862.”
Living historian Gerald Payn, of Wooster pictured left, will portray President Lincoln and speak about the Emancipation Proclamation in the Custer Museum and Center with his wife, Marilyn, portraying Mary Todd Lincoln (See related story). Following that program, Rick Williams pictured above, will appear as Gen. Custer and discuss Custer’s military life during that time frame.
Read more details of the event and guest speakers on the Community Page in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.