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Speaker in Middletown will talk about Camp Stilwell

Many might be surprised to know that Anderson, Indiana was the site of a major Civil War induction and training facility known as Camp Stilwell, located on the grounds of the present-day Anderson Country Club.

Stephen T. Jackson, prominent Madison County Historian, will be talking about Camp Stilwell and other Civil War related topics at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Middletown Fall Creek Township Historical Society in Gazebo Park, downtown Middletown.

Jackson is a life-long resident of Anderson and a graduate of Anderson High School and Indiana University. During his work career he was employed by the General Motors Corporation at its Guide Lamp Division where he worked for 38 years. He currently serves the residents of Madison County as Madison County Historian having received his co-appointment from the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau in July 2008.

He is a trustee of the Madison County Historical Society and over the years has held several offices within the society, including that of president for three years. He is past president of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table. He has also served as a camp commander and department commander in the Indiana Department Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The Civil War is acknowledged by historians as the defining moment in America’s history. Perhaps that explains why no other war in our country’s history has been commemorated in so many ways for such a long period of time. Madison County is no exception.

Remembering the Civil War in Madison County visits all the places, events, and people that have been a part of the county’s undying allegiance to the memory of America’s war. The program is a compilation of long-forgotten colorful accounts and local photographs, some rarely seen, that have been assembled for the first time to recount a compelling chapter in Madison County’s history.

The Speaker Series at the Middletown Fall Creek Township Historical Society is free and open to the public. Strawberries and cream will be available following the talk.

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