SEBRING - History is being repeated at Copeland Oaks this weekend.
The 66th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company I, will offer an opportunity to experience Civil War history first hand.
Members of Company I will re-enact a Civil War encampment on the banks of the Copeland Lake and a variety of events planned in Murphy Auditorium throughout the day on Saturday will mark the sesquicentennial of the war between the North and South.
To begin the day with appropriate authenticity, camp inspection will be held at 7 a.m. by Capt. Rob Shick who commands the Ohio 66th. Arms drill will be held at 9 a.m. with a skirmish scheduled for 1 p.m. The living history event will conclude with bayonet drill at 4 p.m.
Formed in December 1861 from volunteers near Urbana, Ohio, the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry served until the end of the Civil War in April 1865.
As part of the Army of the Potomac, the Ohio 66th fought in the Battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Transferred to the West, the Ohio 66th fought at Kenesaw Mountain, during the siege of Atlanta and joined William T. Sherman's march through Georgia to the sea.
Members of the Company I come from all walks of life and from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.
The visit of Ohio 66th was made possible by Copeland Resident Richard Sampson who has been a member of Company I for several years and enjoys researching Ohio Civil War history as a hobby. "We all love history, especially Civil War history," said Sampson. "Some of us are very knowledgeable, but we are all learning as we go. Authenticity is our goal from our uniforms, leathers, weaponry and drill to our camp appearance. As we learn, we also teach. It is very rewarding to see thousands of spectators come to events to learn the way of the Civil War soldier."
On display at Murphy Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a collection of underground railroad quilts hosted by Gwen Liverette and a display of Civil War era weapons hosted by Dan Carlile.
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