Storyteller and author Ed Okonowicz will present “Civil War Trivia, Legends and Ghost Stories" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. To register call 302-227-8044.
Mention the Civil War and both amateur historians and academic scholars have an interest in the issues, battles and major characters involved in this colorful and tragic period of American history. Beyond the facts, however, are lesser-known bits of historical information - trivia, which interest young students, amateur scholars, and paranormal investigators.
In this program, complete with photographs, participants will learn facts and much more, such as the name of the first Union soldier to fire against the Confederacy; the tale of a young Maryland man, who witnessed Lincoln’s assassination; the location of the grave of John Wilkes Booth, and how it got there; the Civil War general buried in two places; an unusual bank robbery by Confederate soldiers; spooky incidents at Fort McHenry, Annapolis, Gettysburg and more; a Union general remembered for something unrelated to his military skills; Lincoln’s surprised reaction to his speech at Gettysburg; ghost stories and eerie incidents at forts and battles; unexplained events at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island.