Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Living Historians From The Civil War Were at Beaver Creek State Park


While at Harvest Days I had the chance to meet some great new friends. Pictured here is (from left to right) Alex Stevenson. He is a Private and a member of the Provost Guard. The Provost Guard was like the Military Police and often was security for Generals. Cathy Schwartz is in the middle. She is a Daughter of the Regiment. She follows the troops and helps to take care of the soldiers, like a nurse. And finally, Jeffrey Schwartz, a Corp in the 9th PA Reserves Company H.
Cathy and Alex were at the Lisbon Ghost Walk but dressed in their Civil War Attire, I did not at first recognize them.
They had an encampment in the pine forest and Sarah and I went to visit them the next day. We watched as Alex practiced some battle moves, using his gun as more than just a gun.



Here is Cathy and Jeffrey sitting at their fire, which was mostly out because they were tearing down camp soon. I am sorry I did not get the lovely lady's name sitting between them. Warmly invited to stand by what was left of their fire by Jeffrey, I was making inquiries about how hard it would be to get Civil War Enactments done at Morgan's Monument site. Jeffrey and his friends are very interested in the idea too. I think we have so much history in this county that we ignore. I mean, we are the furthest known point that the South Reached the North. I believe one of the Fighting McCooks, Daniel McCook of the "Tribe of Dan" was killed in action at the battle of Buffington Island during Morgan's Raid in 1863. Many of the McCooks lived in Lisbon, Ohio, but that is another story for this blog. Between the huge involvement of many of the towns and villages (like Lisbon) in the Underground Rail Road and Morgans Raid, you would think we could draw tourists here like a moth to a flame.



And again, I did not get her name, but another lovely Southern Bell strolled into the camp, adding even more charm and nostalgia to the scene. These encampments have to be historically correct. That is everything they use and wear. Even little things like the cups they use to drink from to the buttons on their clothes. Remember, there was no plastic in the 1800's. Everything was metal or glass or wood.




This is a typical tent you would find in a Civil War soldiers camp. It was a very enjoyable encounter with a glimpse of the past. The more you know about the ghosts you are looking for, the better chance you have of finding them. If you learn what they use, how they dress, what they called their everyday things, you know more about what to ask on EVP and might get a better response. There were battlefields in Columbiana County both for the Civil War and with Native Americans. In fact there were Native American Massacres in this area that are documented as in the case of Chief Logan. I may not have done much ghost hunting outside of Columbiana County, but given everything I have found so far, I don't have to. I am quite busy right here. Thank you Cathy, Jeffrey, and Alex for showing me your camp and opening a new door into researching. It beats sitting in the library with a dusty old book for hours and I actually get to see history in action. I greatly look forward to doing this again.




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