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JOIN US ON JULY 28 FOR AN ONLINE PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020, AT 7:15 P.M.
 

FOR A TALK BY ERIC WITTENBERG ON: 
SECEDING FROM SECESSION - THE WEST VIRGINIA STORY

THIS PRESENTATION IS EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE

COVID-19 may have interrupted our monthly in-person meetings; but it will not prevent us from hearing a wonderful presentation this month!

The talk will focus on Eric's recent co-authored book, Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics and the Creation of West Virginia  

The state of West Virginia seceding from Virginia will be discussed in exciting and informative detail. There were (and still are) real questions about the constitutionality of the steps taken in the creation of West Virginia that make this a fascinating story. The issue eventually made its way to the United States Supreme Court, which heard the case in 1871. The Chief Justice, Salmon P. Chase, had participated in Lincoln’s decision to sign the bill establishing the state of West Virginia, setting up a very interesting conflict of interest that was not addressed by the court.

 

 

 

 Eric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning Civil War author. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Eric was educated at Dickinson College, after graduating from Dickinson, Eric attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is a partner in the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Cook, Sladoje & Wittenberg Co., L.P.A., where he manages the firm’s litigation practice. Wittenberg is the author of 22 critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War, several of which have won awards, as well as more than three dozen articles published in national magazines. He is in regular demand as a speaker and tour guide, and travels the country regularly doing both. He serves on the boards of trustees of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the Little Big Horn Associates, and often works with the American Battlefields Trust on battlefield preservation initiatives. He is also the program coordinator for the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. His specialty is cavalry operations in the Civil War. He and his wife Susan reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Pasadena CWRT - Tuesday, June 28, 2020
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