Through reenactor, Civil War vet to 'tell' his story Jan. 9 at History CenterIn recognition of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, an Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) program Friday, Jan. 9 will present a first-person perspective from a soldier in that war.
Civil War reenactor Benny Nasser will “become” Darius Minier, one of seven brothers from Ohio who signed up to fight for the Union. He was wounded twice, captured twice and survived the sinking of the side-wheeler Sultana as it was returning Union prisoners home after the war.
Titled "First Person Portrayal of a Civil War Soldier: A Union Family's Story,” the program will begin at 11 a.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. The program is free to members and $5 to non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited to about 100 people. The center's doors open at 10:30 a.m.
The Civil War, which ended slavery in the United States, lasted from 1861 to 1865.
Nasser is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, as well as the 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Colorado Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enacting unit. “While researching his roots Benny found out that a great number of his ancestors fought in the war,” an OCCHS press release states.
Nasser will take up Minier's story through his recollections after the war, when he was living in Denver, the release notes.
The all-volunteer OCCHS has existed since 1980. Its members opened the History Center in a former Baptist church in 1997. The building serves as a museum, bookshop, meeting hall and OCCHS offices.
For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.
Westside Pioneer/press release