Civil War group to feature speaker on John Brown

MARIETTA — The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will hold a regularly scheduled meeting this month featuring author and history professor Brian Schoen.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 320 Second St. in Marietta. The event is open to the public.

Schoen, associate professor of history at Ohio University, will present “A-mouldering in the Grave: John Brown’s Raid and the Abolitionists’ Cause on the Eve of the Civil War.”

Schoen will discuss the events leading up to Brown’s famous raid in 1859 of the federal armory in Harpers Ferry.

Schoen will talk about lesser-known facts concerning Brown and his compatriots, including Brown’s “constitution,” his Canadian “founders,” and the British military officer that Brown hired to train his troops but, instead, betrayed Brown’s cause to leading northern politicians. Schoen will discuss James Redpath, a British journalist who eulogized Brown and then dodged federal officials who wanted him to testify at Brown’s trial.

Schoen will explore the dynamics leading up to the raid at Harpers Ferry, its aftermath and its impact in the context of the period and for a nation that would within a year be on the brink of Civil War.

Schoen is associate professor of 19th century U.S. History, assistant department chair and director of the master’s of social sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio University in Athens. He authored “The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics and the Global Origins of the Civil War,” winner of the Southern Historical Association’s Bennet H. Wall book award; and co-edited “The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress” and “Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era.”

The public is welcome, and there is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served. A donation of $7 is suggested to offset a portion of the cost of the event.

An annual business meeting will follow the presentation.

The round table meets on the third Thursday of odd-numbered months: January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings are held in Marietta and Parkersburg.

There are no annual dues or membership assessments. Support for Campus Martius Museum’s Civil War Day, historical preservation and historical marker projects are funded by annual field trips.

More information is available by contacting Leight Murray at 740-706-2575 or Lmurray5154@gmail.com.


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