Past Event

The Role of Steamboatin' in the Union Victory!

A Road Scholar Program by Brian (Fox) Ellis

Based on the pilot’s logs of Captain Henry Detweiller, Brian "Fox" Ellis steps on stage immersing the audience in the vital, though unsung, role of steamboats in the siege of Vicksburg, the capture of Natchez, and the horrors of Shiloh. Captain Henry Detweiller was there and shares an eyewitness account. He delivered troops and supplies during the Civil War and was a friend of Lincoln and rival of Mark Twain! Fox brings these stories to life in a first person monologue that shares a unique voice in this important chapter of river history. Fox is Riverlorian for the Spirit of Peoria.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Heidi Kolk, 815.589.3160.