Union and Confederacy on display, marking Civil War’s 150th anniversary

TURBOTVILLE – Thomas Dornblazer jumped to the call of President Abraham Lincoln.

As part of the 7th Cavalry of Mill Hall, Dornblazer was among the 75,000 soldiers who answered their president’s plea to save the Union in the decade of the 1860s.

On a blisteringly hot day for October, Ronald Kryder, of the same Clinton County community that Dornblazer hailed from, donned a resemblance of the soldier’s wool uniform and spoke to visitors at the annual Heritage Days celebration outside Warrior Run Church.

“He was a remarkable man,” Kryder said of Dornblazer, whose exploits are accounted in a book “Saber Strokes,” that Dornblazer wrote.

It covers five years before, during and in post-Civil War reconstruction.

Dornblazer lived to the age of 101, having resided in Europe for a time and was heavily involved in the local Young Men’s Christian Association, according to Kryder.

He was a minister, a professor at the former Selinsgrove University, now Susquehanna University, and a father.

Members of Cooper’s Battery B demonstrated the artillery of the war, including the loading and simulated firing of a cannon.

Closer to the historic Warrior Run Church, Thomas P. Stickley of New Berlin portrayed Confederate Maj. John Alexander Harman.

His beige hat and red tassles were a stark constrast the the blue and gray counterparts.

Stickley was having a blast showing children an array of children’s toys.

Tents were set up for the artillery and soldiers beneath the shade.

A horse-draw carriage pulled visitors from the Fort Freeland site to the church and Civil War re-enactments.

It’s the 150th anniversary of the war.

“I thought I’d put out a whole lot of toys for the children,” Stickley said. They were mostly made of wood, but there were marbles of hardened clay, pig knuckles and dice made of bones.

The event, including information about a man with seven family members in the war, continues today at the church along Susquehanna Trail.