This event kicks off a series of Civil War programs for Summer 2019, sponsored by Books on the Square and Mr. Lincoln's Hometown Civil War Round Table in Springfield.
Attendees are invited to drive to Oak Ridge Cemetery and stop at three gravesites: John Riley Tanner's Tomb, Nellie Grant Jones gravestone and that of Samuel Shoup, each with a different connection with the Union Army. At each site, music and a presentation will be offered. Guests are welcomed to bring lawn chairs.
At Gov. Tanner's Tomb, music will be performed by the Old Capitol Choral Singers and John Alexander and Chuck Murphy will talk about Tanner's service in the Civil War and as Governor of Illinois.
At Nellie Grant Jones gravesite, violinist Rachel Helton will perform Civil War aires. The Gen. Grant (Larry Werline) will share thoughts about his daughter, then Jeannie Alexander will tell the story of Nellie's life and how she came to be buried at Oak Ridge.
The final stop at the grave of Samuel Shoup will feature the musicians of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Reactivated, including drum and trumpter highlights. A presentation about the military career of Col. Shoup will be given by Richard Schatchsiek.