Civil War program is April 20 at Essley Noble Museum

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Mercer County Historical Society invites the public to "meet" a Civil War soldier at their upcoming spring open meeting. Jim Nichols of Reynolds will come in uniform and character as a first sergeant of B Company, 32nd Infantry Volunteer, Iowa. He will talk about the recruitment, trials and tribulations, equipment, music, and political scene of the era. Jim is a retired teacher from Rockridge, and he has been a Civil War re-enactor since 2006. By the end of this year he will have participated in five Sesquicentennial National Civil War Re-enactments, including Shiloh, TN, Pleasant Hill, LA, Gettysburg, PA, Franklin, TN, and Bentonville, NC, as well as the Lincoln Funeral Train. In 2013 he was voted the Union Civil War Re-enactor of the Year. He will be at this year's Mercer County 5th grade tours in May.

This will be a very interesting program, and it is open to the public with no admission charge. Children are welcome and will find it interesting as well. Refreshments will be served afterwards, and you will have an opportunity to explore the museum's exhibits and talk with Jim. The meeting and program will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at the Essley-Noble Museum.