7th Annual Civil War Week at Lakeside, Ohio

Posted Aug 17th, 2010 by Gretchen Curtis  Category: Arts & Entertainment,



Lakeside, Ohio – From Aug. 23-27, the Lakeside Association Education Department will present the 7th Annual Civil War Week with ten seminar talks Monday-Friday, a theatrical performance and a brass music concert that presents songs of the Civil War era.

These seminars are free, however, to enter the gates of Lakeside there is a required gate admission. A three-hour gate pass is available for $5.25, or a one-day gate pass is $17.50 for adults. Parking on the grounds is limited and requires a parking pass for $7.25. Three-hour free parking is available outside the Fifth Street Gate. For more information about Lakeside’s gate admission, visit

Bob Bridges, a Civil War historian from Los Angeles, will present morning seminars Monday-Wednesday focused on the forces that drove the U.S. to civil war, the forces that shaped the battlefields during the course of the War and how Abraham Lincoln’s vision of America guided the country through the war’s bloodiest days.

Howard Strouse, Civil War historian from Scottsdale, Ariz., will examine the lives and military service of the first five full generals of the Confederacy in one talk and Union General Benjamin F. Butler in a second talk.

Peter D’Onofrio, president of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and editor of “The Journal of Civil War Medicine,” will discuss the medical advancements made during the Civil War in caring for the 620,000 soldiers who died, the highest number of U.S. casualties per capita of any of its wars.

Perry Lentz, professor emeritus of English at Kenyon College, will discuss Stephen Crane’s novel, “The Red Badge of Courage,” about the behavior of Private Fleming at the Battle of Chancellorsville and the comparison of the story to actual soldier behavior during the Civil War.

Mel Maurer, Civil war scholar from the Cleveland area, will discuss the strategy and outcome of the Battle of Franklin fought on November 30, 1864 and known for five of the bloodiest hours of America’s Civil War. The results led to the end of any chance the South had for victory in the war.
Joan Cashin, author and history faculty at The Ohio State University, will review the challenging life of Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis. Although she publicly supported the South, her term as First Lady of the Confederacy was plagued by rumors of her disaffection.

On Monday evening, Karen Vuranch, storyteller and actress from West Virginia, will portray Emma Edmonds who disguised herself as a man to fight as a soldier for the Grand Army of the Republic.

On Thursday evening in Lakeside’s Hoover Auditorium, the Saxton’s Cornet Band, originally formed in the early 1800s in Kentucky, will perform an historically accurate concert experience from the mid-19th century, complete with dramatic readings and period humor in addition to Civil War music.

For more information on Civil War Week in Lakeside, visit

Known as the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 866-952-5374.

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