Civil War Roundtable Program

Bill Comisford portrays Brigadier General David Sloane Stanley, who was born in Wayne County.

Bill Comisford portrays Brigadier General David Sloane Stanley, who was born in Wayne County.

On Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. there will be another quality program commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at no charge, open to the public. The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne Co. Libraries, will host the program in the Wooster Library Conference Room.

Bill Comisford from Sunbury, Ohio, will come to Wooster to present a program on the Cavalry during the Civil War.  A founding member of Rosecrans’ Headquarters Unit, Bill portrays Brigadier General David Sloane Stanley, the Commander of Cavalry under Major General William S. Rosecrans at the Battle of Stones River, near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This is a fitting program in Wooster, considering that Gen. Stanley was born and raised in Wayne County in the Congress area.

After practicing as a CPA for over twenty years in the Central Ohio area, Bill and his wife, Sue, acquired and operated a guest ranch in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, where they entertained guests from all over the world. Wild Bill, as Bill was known, as a living historian portrayed the famous frontiersman, Buffalo Bill Cody, weekly at Ranch campfires. Recently, Bill and Sue moved back to Ohio to be close to their grandchildren, children, and aging parents. Over the years Bill has been a re-enactor and living historian, portraying famous characters in history the likes of Mountain Man Jim Bridger, lawman and gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok, and a Civil War cavalry trooper. Bill currently rides as a trooper with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, a Civil War re-enactment regiment.

Bill and Sue have a small farm north of Sunbury. Bill serves as the Chairman of the General Rosecrans’ Statue Committee in Sunbury. Gen. Rosecrans statue on the square in Sunbury was dedicated Sept. 28, 2013. Bill is also working on a screenplay for a Civil War drama.

We hope to see you there!

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