When: June 12th
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Harold George
Topic: A visit to Arlington Cemetery
On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began. On April 20, 1861, General Robert E. Lee resigned his officer’s commission in the Union army, electing to serve in the Confederate army. Two days later, on April 22, 1861, he left his home on Arlington Heights and moved his family to a new location in Richmond, Virginia. He would never return to Arlington. Thus began the history of Arlington National Cemetery. At the May Roundtable meeting, Harold George will display then-and-now photographs to tell the story of Arlington National Cemetery. Through pictures, he will tell the history of the cemetery; describe burial practices; discuss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Honor Guard, and fallen soldiers of various wars; and reveal unique cemetery facts.
Members might remember Harold George’s last visit to our roundtable. Dressed in period clothes, he enlightened and entertained us about Custer’s last stand. George has been a Civil War reenactor with the 9th Ohio since 1992. Included in the dozens of Civil War reenactments, parades, and ceremonies he has participated in, he was part of the reenactment commemorating the 130th and 135th anniversaries of the Battle of Gettysburg.
George has published several works on the Civil War, including Men of the 9th Ohio, Civil War Monuments of Ohio, Dead Soldiers at Gettysburg, Ohio and the American Civil War, and a variety of DVDs and video programs. He gives talks to genealogical societies, libraries, schools, historical societies, senior organizations, church groups, and Boy Scout troops. Harold George retired from the Department of Defense with twenty-nine years of service. When not writing or performing for the public, he enjoys photography, travel, fishing, and reading.