More Civil War events planned

WARREN – The Civil War 150 Committee will be kicking off its third year of events Saturday.

The Emancipation Proclamation will be the topic of a program from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sutliff Museum, second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Mahoning Avenue.

Sally Thomas, a member of the committee, said the program will commemorate the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863. Featured speaker is John Fazio of Cleveland who is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law and past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

Fazio will speak on the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation at 2 p.m.

Thomas said also on the program will be the recognition of the Civil War captain’s uniform worn by Leander Dwight Kee at the Battle of Perryville, Ky., in October 1862.

She said Kee, who was born in Ohio, was killed wearing the uniform, which was later preserved by his family and in 2012 was donated to the museum for the permanent collection.

From 1 p.m. until the program begins, Civil War reenactors with the 19th OVI will exhibit arms and artifacts from the period and talk with attendees about the life of Union and Confederate soldiers. The exhibit will be available after the presentation until 4 p.m.

Kee’s parents had settled in Greene Township in 1817 before moving to Colebrook. The GAR Post 378 of Colebrook was named in Kee’s honor.

Other events being planned include a program and displays on the Gettysburg Address and siege of Vicksburg on July 13 at the Eastwood Mall.

Plans are being discussed by the committee to hold a Chancellorsville event, since Trumbull County soldiers, especially from the Bloody 7th and 29th OVI, were involved in the May 1863 battle.