BGSU to host ‘Captives in Gray’ March 15

Lecture features Johnson's Island, Civil War


Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections will host Roger Pickenpaugh March 15 as he talks about the Civil War and his award-winning book, “Johnson’s Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers.” Pickenpaugh is the winner of the center’s 2016 Local History Publication Award.

“Johnson’s Island: A Prison for Confederate Officers” tells the story of what was expected to be the Union’s sole military prison in Sandusky Bay from its planning stages until the end of the Civil War. Pickenpaugh draws on diaries and prison records to provide a depiction of day-to-day life.

Pickenpaugh recently retired after a 30-year teaching career at Shenandoah Middle School in Sarahsville, Ohio. His books have focused mainly on outstanding Ohio weather events and the Civil War. He has devoted a great amount of study to the topic of Civil War prisons.

“Captives in Gray” begins at 4 p.m. March 15 in the Pallister Conference Room, Jerome Library. The lecture is open to all, free of charge and does not require advanced registration.

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate accommodations to participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.