The Wreath Laying
we had to honor the participants of the Charleston Riot
went very well.
The weather was chilly, but I could not believe how many descendants we had.
I was interviewed on 3 different TV stations afterwards.
That was so weird, they were standing in line to interview me?
I also made the front page that day!
Weird to see yourself on the newsstand?
Our friends Kim and Marylee came along with their minister who presided for us and their son Tim who helped lay the wreath. His GGGrandfather was in the IL 54th that was in the Riot
Glad Doc Ramsey came out to. He delivered 1/2 of Charleston, not me I had Dr Harper!
He had portrayed Orlando Ficklin during the 1994 CSPAN Lincoln Douglas debates.
He asked if he could wear his Ficklin outfift... I thought it was great, after all he is only
in his 90's! His former home was also on the House Tour.
Colonel Mitchell and President Lincoln arrive
Committee member and our play write Earl with President Lincoln's
Secretary of War Edwin Santon's Great Grandson!
I did the opening...was waiting till the courthouse clock chimed 3PM
it was stated that was what time the Riot occurred, exactly 150 years ago.
Cousin Marty got us all flag scarfs to wear.
Committee member David, gave a brief history and introduced
the mayor dressed all weekend, I can see my cousins behind him
The President spoke
To represent the Copperheads we asked my cousin Mary to lay the wreath
with her triplet Great Grandaughters.
What a experience for them, I know their Grandmother was so proud.
we made sure we took pictures of the descendants
Cousin Mary is the Grandaughter of Benjamin Franklin Toland, Copperhead
who was never heard of again after the Riot.
Dr Cobble is the Grandson of John Rennels.
Only 2 surviving Grandchildren of participants and they were both there.
Mary is 90 and Dr. Cobble is 95
I was so glad they were present as we remembered their Grandfathers.
I was very pleased at what a moving, meaningful event we created to kick off
the 3 day event.