Civil War museum to host program on soldier’s life

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio is to host a guest speaker, Mark Holbrook, as he portrays “Billy Yank: Life of a Soldier.”

More than 300,000 Ohioans served in the Union Army from 1861-65. Hear first-hand from one of them about leaving home for the army, camp life, the fury of battle and more. In this first-person portrayal, learn what soldiers ate, how they coped with the cold and heat and simply made it through four years of marching and fighting.

Holbrook, the marketing manager for the Ohio Historical Society, is a native Ohioan, graduate of The Ohio State University and an avid student of history.

In addition to overseeing the society’s marketing projects, he portrays historic characters for society events and acts in the “Echoes in Time” theater series at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

His “Echoes in Time” characters focus mostly on the Civil War era. The shows include “Billy Yank” and “Christmas on the Front.”

This program is free. The museum is at 217 S. Washington St. For more information, call (419) 455-9551.