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Confederate surrender commemorated in Columbiana County

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LISBON, Ohio - Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch a Civil War re-enactment at the Village Square in Libson, where 150 years ago, men and women stood in fear of the impending arrival of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.

"The farmers were hiding their horses in the woods.  The women were hiding their silver and anything they had of value.  Even the women and children were going off into the woods to hide because, of course, that devil Morgan was going to come to plunder and loot and rape and so on and so forth," said Gene Krotky with the Lisbon Historical Society.

Members of the Libson and East Liverpool Historical Societies spent two years planning the 150 year anniversary event, which gave spectators an idea of what really happened in July of 1863 when the Confederates invaded Columbiana County.

"In reality there was no battle, but what there really was excitement in Lisbon, panic, calling out of emotion.  So, we decided to recreate that," said Tim Brookes with the East Liverpool Historical Society.

"We try and keep it as authentic as possible.  As you can see you don't see refrigeration. You don't see electricity.  We wanted only things that would have been here in 1863," said Krotky.

Dressed in Civil War attire, re-enactors didn't miss a beat as they relived the events of the Civil War giving spectators a look at militia exercises and the firing of a cannon before the surrender of General Morgan along State Route 518 near West Point, the farthest point North ever reached by Confederate troops during the Civil War.

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