Civil War Roundtable April 21st: Major Thomas Eckert and President Abraham Lincoln

Wayne County Civil War Roundtable Program “Major Thomas Eckert and President Abraham Lincoln” – April 21st @ 6:30pm

Thomas T. Eckert - Photograph between 1860 and 1865 (mrlincolnswhitehouse.org)

Thomas T. Eckert –
Photograph between 1860 and 1865 (mrlincolnswhitehouse.org)

On Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. will be another of our quality programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War which is free and open to the public.  The Wayne County Civil War Roundtable in collaboration with the Wayne County Libraries is hosting the program in the Wooster Library Conference Room. We are now at the end of that horrible four years of war (150 years ago).

We will hear the story of Major Thomas Eckert, the chief telegrapher in the War Department during the war, who grew up in Wooster, Ohio.  Eckert was a young postmaster in Wooster and had the telegraph lines run to the post office in 1849. He was the town’s first telegraph operator. Eckert will be presented by Craig Forcell, who is a local Civil War Re-enactor.

Abraham Lincoln - one of his last photographs (mrlincolnswhitehouse.org)

Abraham Lincoln – one of his last photographs (mrlincolnswhitehouse.org)

Also, during the evening, President Abraham Lincoln, presented by Gerald Payn, will tell about the last few days of his life.  Beginning with his second inaugural address,  the President will tell about his visit to City Point, the evacuation of Richmond, the surrender of Gen. Lee, and the festivities in Washington City following the surrender.  Payn has been a busy Abraham Lincoln Presenter and Civil War Scholar for over 15 years. He has found it to be fascinating to follow the 150th anniversary of the war almost day by day.

Gerald Payn WC CWRT Coordinator

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