Rangers and park volunteers have talked about everything from the Battle of Gettysburg to the role artillery played in the war.
But Ranger Mary Lintern's talk Wednesday was unique. She didn't discuss tactics or casualties. She talked about the paintings, poetry, songs, statues and stories inspired by the Civil War.
While we can't describe them as eloquently as Lintern, here are some of the pieces of art she highlighted during her talk.
Our Banner in the Sky by Frederic Edwin Church
The "flag" may look rent in the painting, but it is still standing. The moral: we are wounded, but we are not fallen.
Mountain Brook by Albert Bierstadt
This creek and its kingfisher are depicted after a storm, just as the sun has begun to shine again.
Sharpshooter on Picket Duty by Winslow Homer
Homer was a commercial illustrator who traveled with Union soldiers. He drew battle as it was: unglamorous and fatal.
Love's Melancholy by Constant Mayer
Mayer, by the way, was a man. However, the war also inspired female artists. For example...
The Home of the Red, White and Blue by Lilly Martin Spencer
The Slave Auction by John Rogers
Rogers used his sculpture show how slavery tried to make a human less than a person.
The Freedman by John Quincy Adams Ward
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But for those who read Longfellow's poem, they know how melancholy a story the poet is telling.
Longfellow wrote it after a pair of tragedies: the death of his wife and the wounding of his son on the battlefield. But amid his loss, he still found the hope to write an unironic wish, "peace on Earth and goodwill to men."
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Bierce fought at Shiloh and received a severe head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. While An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is his most famous work, The Devil's Dictionary best displays his postwar outlook on life.
Read a couple of his definitions when your boss isn't looking.
Lorena by Rev. Henry D. L. Webster
And Dixie, the old minstrel tune that became a Confederate anthem, was penned by Ohio man Dan Emmett.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The next talk in the Civil War series is noon on March 12 at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch. The subject will be the backgrounds and rivalry between Generals Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee.