Jackie Cowan was glad to happen upon Civil War Day at Carroll Lutheran Village.

The Westminster resident had come to take her mom, a Village resident, to lunch Sept. 20 when she discovered the event being hosted there by the Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table.


Cowan looked over a display about the Navy in the Civil War, which included large diagrams of submarines that were used. "History has always fascinated me," she said. "I love it."

Capt. Thom Mitton, the Round Table member who provided the display capturing Cowan's attention, said most people don't know much about the naval end of the Civil War — particularly the submarines.

"We have an expression that the Navy didn't win the war, but the Army couldn't have won without us," said Mitton, who has a Merchant Marine captain's license and operated yachts for 25 years. "Many of my travels took me over [Civil War] naval battle locations," he said.

During the event at Carroll Lutheran Village, Mitton talked about naval blockades of Southern ports during the Civil War.

His display was one of many attractions at Civil War Day, which ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the Village campus. There were also re-enactors in period attire, along with displays on artillery, smaller firearms and other weaponry used in the Civil War as well as fashions of the era. Musicians from Westminster's Crosswind Church provided period music during the afternoon, and one of the re-enactors, dressed as Michael Baughman, mayor of Westminster from 1861 through 1864, chatted with guests.

"We are doing this for Carroll Lutheran Village and the residents, as a thank-you for allowing us to meet here each month at no charge," said Nancy Householder, president of Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table. "It's a free event and we hope they enjoy it."

Village resident Jane Dennis said she was coming to get lunch at the Bistro when she saw the exhibits. "I said 'wow,' and I definitely had to see it," she said.

Her friend, Village resident Ann Wickersham, pored over diagrams of submarines used in the Civil War. "I didn't know there were so many," she said.

Householder said she has been a member of the Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table on and off for about seven years. She's volunteered as a docent at Union Mills Homestead for 23 years and works as a guide for the Ghosts of Gettysburg candlelight walking tours in Gettysburg, immersing herself in the Civil War time period.

"It was a different way of living then, with different societies," Householder said. "I like learning about the people during the war, the history, the time period, and learning about different societies."

Householder said she felt the residents were enjoying the group's Civil War Day. "I think the men have liked seeing the weapons and the women like seeing the dresses," she said with a laugh.

For more info

The Pipe Creek Civil War Round Table is an outlet for those who share an interest in the Civil War era, according to President Nancy Householder.

The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Carroll Lutheran Village's Wellness Center, at 902 Mission Square in Westminster, and visitors are welcomed.


For more information about the Round Table, call Householder at 443-340-8204 or visit