As a nation, we continue to be haunted by the Civil War, the bloodiest and most wrenching conflict in American history. Featuring Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Sara Showman (from the South) and Mark Dawidziak (from the North), Ghosts of the Civil War: Shades of Blue and Gray examines the War Between the States with a mixture of haunting tales, literary selections, song and history. This hour and 20-minute ghostly tour begins in Ohio, with stories drawn from Marietta, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the still-standing Hope iron furnace, as well as the two Confederate cemeteries that were part of prisoner-of-war camps in Columbus and on Johnson's Island.
The journey continues with stories from South Carolina and Virginia, with a special section about Abraham Lincoln and the White House hauntings. Literary selections include poems by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Selections from Civil War-era songs are heard throughout the one-act performance.