Hear the story of Saline's Civil War soldiers and their wives at a special program at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.
The program, created by the Friends of Oakwood Cemetery and sponsored by the Saline Area Historical Society, begins at the Stone Arch Arts and Events and then moves by foot to Oakwood Cemetery.
Friends of Oakwood Cemetery members Lance Holland, Cynthia Christiansen and Robert Lane will tell the story of Saline's Civil War Soldiers and their wives. James Roth will play the role of John Green, a War of 1812 soldier buried at Oakwood Cemetery.
The Civil War part of the program tells the story of Saline's involvement in the Battle of Antietam, 150 years ago. There were at least five Saline soldiers at Antietam, according to Lane, with two dying and two wounded. Another was there with his wife and four children.
After the program at Stone Arch, the group will walk down West Henry Street to the cemetery. On the way, the guides will point out items historically significant to Saline. Those who choose to drive are asked to park outside of the cemetery.
At the cemetery, Lane will lead a tour. According to Lane, 35 Civil War veterans, two War of 1812 veterans and one American Revolution soldier are buried at Oakwood Cemetery.
The cemetery's mausoleum will be opened by Mary Hess for anyone wishing to tour the building.