Saturday, November 23, 2019

Monday, November 25, Program on Music of the Civil War


"Music of the Civil War" will be the subject of the next meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society on Monday, November 25, 7:00 p.m., at the History Center in Lawrenceville.  Gary Blessman will present a program on popular songs of the Civil War era, which will feature samplings of favorite songs enjoyed both in camp and back on the home front. 

Blessman is a native of Lincoln, Illinois.  He graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Southern Colorado, and earned his master's degree in church administration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  A certified public accountant since 1987, Blessman served as bursar at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and later as controller at Mt. Senario College.  His most recent tenure was with the Central Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was vice president of institutional finance.

Blessman's lifelong interest in the Civil War was rekindled when he and a cousin came across the service records of his great-great grandfather, who served in the 126th Illinois Infantry.  He has written two regimental histories:  Three Years Off The Farm:  A Regimental History of the 126th Illinois Regiment, and The Logan Regiment:  A Regimental History of the 106th Illinois Regiment.  Blessman is working on his projected third book about the sinking of the U.S.S. Queen City on the White River in Arkansas by Confederate Jo Shelby.  Federal pursuit of Shelby's forces ended in fighting near Clarendon, Arkansas, which involved several Illinois regiments with men from Lawrence County.

The meeting is free and open to the public.