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Custer Monument site of Civil War observation event

May 30, 2013
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

NEW RUMLEY - The Custer Memorial Association will observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A program is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Custer Monument and Park on state Route 646, with the raising of colors by the Jewett Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3072.

Cavalry, artillery and infantry soldiers with their equipment will be in the park to answer questions and give demonstrations, including the firing of a Civil War cannon and Gatling gun.

"Lessons of the American Civil War through Music" will be given in the New Rumley Methodist Church sanctuary, with Steve Ball performing with his authentic 1860 Martin 2-20 guitar.

His program will include popular tunes of the Civil War period and tales about the people who wrote them.

The Custer association's own General Custer, portrayed by Rick Williams, will talk of his exploits during the third year of the war, including the Gettysburg campaign. This event is planned in the Custer Museum Center.

There will be working models of Civil War artillery pieces handcrafted by Ron Kimble of Dover and explanations on the organization and use of artillery during the war.

Refreshments will be at the New Rumley United Methodist Church, and the Custer Center and Gift Shop will be open.

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