7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016. . . .

Facts and Trivia of the Civil War
by Van Young


Van Young will be sharing his thoughts on ‘The Civil War – Facts and Trivia’ at the Big Walnut Area Historical Society Meeting on Tuesday, March 8 in the Myers inn Museum Meeting Room.  A potpourri of some of the more bizarre and unusual facts pertaining to this great timeframe along with some challenging questions to test everyone’s knowledge of not only the battles and conflicts of the war, but of the people and the times that made it the greatest historical event of our country’s short existence.

Young was born and raised in Ohio.  He has been a resident of Columbus for the last 35 years.  One of his retirement goals was to spend time studying and learning about the Civil War following his retirement in 2012 from AT&T.   Van is active in three area civil war organizations and is part of a Worthington Presidential Round Table discussion group that meets on Monday mornings at the Griswold Center. 

He has presented to area history groups and senior centers on several Civil War topics and other historical events.  He resides with his wife Nancy in Worthington and looks forward to visiting many of the battlefields and museums associated with the Civil War and our unique and fascinating American history.

Other programs Young has presented are:

“What if the South had won the Civil War” – A pondering “what if” scenario that includes how the South could have won the war and what would our country, and even our world, be like today had they done so.  How would our individual lives have been effected?   Where would you be living today and how prosperous would your life have been?

“Lincoln and Colonization” – Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln is referred to as the “Great Emancipator”, but how many know of the master plan our 16th president had for the “colonization” of the slaves he intended to free?   Learn how Lincoln worked tirelessly to formulate a plan to resettle and repatriate the slaves as the bondages of slavery evaporated.  Learn how this massive endeavor developed, how it was to be financed, and what ultimately led to its failure.

“The Battle of Franklin, TN” -   The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, at Franklin, Tennessee, as part of the Franklin–Nashville Campaign of theCivil War. It was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army.  See a real time battle map and learn how the Confederate assault of six infantry divisions containing eighteen brigades with 100 regiments numbering almost 20,000 men, sometimes called the "Pickett's Charge of the West", resulted in devastating losses to the men and the leadership of the Army of Tennessee.

Young's presentation to the historical society is open to the public; admission is free.

Return to Programs