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Next Meeting: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Bernie O'Bryan, Covington, Kentucky

Topic: A conversation with Lew Wallace

For our February talk, you will be treated to a first person presentation of General Lew Wallace. Perhaps best known for his exploits at Shiloh and Monocracy, Wallace did so much more. For instance in 1865 he led a secret missions to Mexico in an effort to raise a mercenary force to throw the French out of Mexico. He served as Judge Secretary on the Lincoln Conspirators Trial and served as head judge on the Andersonville trial for Captain Wirtz. In his spare time he became an accomplished painter. What were the topics of his paintings? What else, the Lincoln conspirators and prisoners of Andersonville.

Bernie O'Bryan is one of those guys who enjoy bringing history alive. In addition to his first person presentation of Wallace, he has written and performed "shows" on General Joshua Hall Bates, Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson, and 1864 Democrat Vice President Candidate George Hunt Pendleton.

He is founder of the Mid States Living History Association -- a history event planner and management group that has put together exhibits and programs for state fairs, museums, libraries, cities and historic sites.

Mr. O'Bryan served as editor of the National Son, a historical quarterly and was twice elected National President of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He is Secretary Treasurer of the Dept. of Kentucky Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He is one of the founders the of the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum and still serves on the Board.


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 This page was last revised on: January 19, 2015

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