Rare accounts of two Barnesville, Ohio, men’s involvement in the Civil War will be given at The Watt Center for History and the Arts (515 Watt Ave.) on Wednesday, August 12, at 7 p.m. The public, especially Civil War buffs, are invited to this rare program which will feature Barnesville’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Lt. Nathan Edgerton, and the memoirs of Palmer Laughlin’s father, John W. Laughlin. Edgerton is one of  five men from Belmont County recognized on the memorial in front of the county court house.
Herb Parkinson Jr., highly regarded Civil War historian, will tell the story of Edgerton’s service.  Herb has done considerable research on Edgerton.
   A large lithograph of Lt. Edgerton and his company of African American troops will be displayed along with the interesting account of Edgerton’s Quaker heritage and role as leader of the company. The rendering was done by Don Troiani and is one of a limited number of prints signed by the artist.  Tim learned about Edgerton’s story from his brother Herb. When Tim saw this print on the Internet, he bought it to give as a historical reminder for Edgerton’s hometown. He had Sharon Hanse matted and frame it before he and his wife, Marcia gave it to the Watt Center last fall.
   Memoirs of John W. Laughlin’s service during the Civil War, just printed by The Watt Center, will be introduced and available for purchase at the program. Laughlin’s remarkably detailed account was written in 1914, prompted in part by a journey he made late in life to the battlefields where he saw action.
   This unique presentation takes place at the conclusion of the nation’s five-year observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All are welcome to attend, at no charge.