Phil Sheridan Civil War Lecture Series

 Civil War Round Table continues its journey in Somerset

Newly established in 2013, the Phil Sheridan Civil War lecture series, a Civil War Round Table, which operates under the umbrella of the Perry County Historical Society, provides a monthly lecture and historical discussion.

The presentations, offered at no cost, feature on a myriad of various topics. The vast majority of the lectures concentrate on events that contributed to the outcome of the war, but also include local history and additional topics that have helped to shape American history and culture.

The group convenes on the last Saturday of each month at the Somerset Annex of the Perry County District Library. The lectures run from September to May and commence promptly at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments provided by members of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society. The group receives funding through private donations, fundraisers, and through the Ohio Humanities Council.

Jan. 31, the Phil Sheridan Society proudly presents distinguished professional archeologist, Dr.Jarrod Burks, who will speak on the topic of “Hopewell Native American settlements of Pickaway County, Ohio.” Dr. Burks is the past present of the Ohio Archeological Council and currently serves as board president of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy. Dr. Burks employs the use of noninvasive geosurvey technology to map such settlements.

Then on Feb. 28, the society is pleased to announce well known Lincoln presenter and historian, John Cooper, who will lecture on the topic of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Cooper is a highly credentialed presenter with a long list of accolades. His scholarly lectures fascinate all levels of interests.

On March 28, John C. Fazio, noted author and highly respected Civil War historian, will appear in Somerset to lecture on the topic of the Confederate Secret Service and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Fazio will also be selling his book, “Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin, and the plot to assassinate Lincoln.” This appearance provides a means for those interested to obtain their own personally autographed copy of this book. The actual release date is March of 2015.

The always interesting, Chris Hart, will be featured April 25 speaking on the topic, “Too Young to Fight VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market.” Hart is a living history historian at Ohio’s Roscoe Village. This is a bit of an encore appearance for Hart as he previously appeared in Somerset last October and lectured on the topic of “Civil War Ghost Stories.”

On May 30 historian, Dr. Annette Jefferson will present a lecture entitled, “I be Harriet Tubman.” Dr. Jefferson, dressed in period attire, presents a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the compelling and courageous women in American history, the life, and times of Harriet Tubman. Dr. Jefferson’s lecture told from the perspective of Harriet Tubman, brings to life this remarkable woman.

For more information, or if you would like notification of upcoming events, please send an e-mail to the following address:

Civil War series continues March 28 featuring historian and author John Fazio

| Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:20 am

The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society is pleased to announce Civil War historian and author, John C. Fazio, as part of the Phil Sheridan Civil War lecture series, on Saturday, March 28 at the Perry County District Library, Somerset annex. The program will commence promptly at 6:30 p.m. and while donations are happily accepted, this program is offered free of charge for all who wish to attend.

John Fazio, a well versed Ohio Humanities Council speaker and noted Civil War author and scholar, will present on the topic of The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which is also the subject of his recently published book, which is entitled, Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin, and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln. Fazio’s book, set for release this month, will be available to those who would like to obtain specially signed copies. If the books are not ready from the publisher by the date, Fazio has generously agreed to make the books available via special order.

This event marks the second Perry County appearance for Fazio. Last year, the historical society hosted his presentation on the topic of Francis and Arabella; John and Fanny: Love and War, the stories of Union General Francis C. Barlow and his wife, Arabella, and Confederate General John B. Gordon and his wife, Fanny. The ironic story included numerous twists of fate as the two generals passed on and off the battlefields of the American Civil War.

Fazio holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He is retired after practicing law for forty-five years and served as past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

The Phil Sheridan Society graciously receives sponsorship from the Ohio Humanities Council, The Perry County District Library, and The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society. Lectures commence on the last Saturday of each month at 6:30 p.m., in historic and picturesque Somerset.

Come and walk in the footsteps of Phil Sheridan and explore our quaint and amazingly historic community where almost every building is a story in and of itself. For additional information and or questions, please e-mail to

Also, please plan to attend a special fundraising event to benefit the Nellie Sheridan Wilson statue. The event will consist of a champagne brunch offered by Tom Johnson, Sunday, April 12 at noon. Seating is limited and expected to sell out soon.

To purchase tickets and to reserve your seat, please contact John and Judy McGaughey at To learn more about Perry County’s own Nellie Sheridan, please visit her web site at The web site is constantly changing with new information added on a daily basis.

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