The Civil War battle at Antietam, the bloodiest battle of the war, will be commemorated Saturday at the McKinley Memorial Auditorium.
Sponsored by The Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee of the Sutliff Museum, portrayers of President Abraham Lincoln, nurse Clara Barton and General Robert E. Lee will be at the event to tell their stories.
Reenactors in authentic uniforms with their weapons, and ladies in Civil War dresses will mingle with the crowd to talk and answer questions. There will be displays of maps, photographs, uniforms and artifacts from the War as well as lists of Trumbull County soldiers who fought and lost their lives at Antietam.
Brian Brennan, of the YSU Medical Museum will tell about the instruments and medicines that were used by doctors in the field and about the ambulance service that cared for the wounded. John Caparanis of Cortland, will discuss General Jacob D. Cox, one of Trumbull County's distinguished citizens who served in the Union Army.
William McKinley, a sergeant at the time, will be recognized for his work in the Quartermaster Corps, which helped him later in his successful run for the Presidency of the United States.
The Commemoration is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. The program of speakers will begin at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. Speakers, in order, are Wendell Lauth, who will present an overview of the battle of Antietam, , Robert E, Lee, Clara Barton, Brian Brennan, and President Lincoln discussing the Emancipation Proclamation.
For more information, visit www.sutliffmuseum.org, visit the Sutliff Museum at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, or call 220-299-8807, Ext. 121.