When: July 10th
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Phil Seyfrit
Topic: Battle of Richmond Ky.
Come and learn about the most complete victory one side had over the other during the entire American Civil War. The absolute Confederate victory at Richmond, Kentucky, fought during the Kentucky campaign of the late summer/early fall 1862.
Confederate Major General Edmund Kirby Smith, along with Brig. General Patrick Cleburne, advances into central Kentucky and in the process utterly destroy a hastily organized army under Federal Major General William “Bull” Nelson. Kirby Smith’s army presses on the capture Lexington and the state capital of Frankfort; the only time a Federal state capital fell during the entire war. And yes, the Buckeye state was in the middle of it.
Up to 2001, the Battle of Richmond was barely a footnote in Kentucky’s Civil War history. Bur since then, Richmond has taken its rightful place in the annals of Civil War history
A lifelong Madison County, Kentucky, resident, Phillip Seyfrit is a graduate of Model Laboratory School, Eastern Kentucky University and the Mid- America College of Funeral Service. After a twenty year career in funeral industry, in late 2007 Phillip changed direction and accepted the position of Historic Properties Director for Madison County, which duties include management and proper interpretation of the properties relating to the Battle of Richmond and the other Madison County parks sites. Phil’s active in Richmond’s First Presbyterian Church, the Richmond Masonic bodies, and many national, state and local Civil War preservation and history groups. He is also past president of the Madison County Historical Society. He has been published in several Civil War periodicals and enjoys visiting Civil War battlefields and related sites.
Phillip portrays Federal Colonel William Link and Confederate Colonel Preston Smith at events relating to the Battle of Richmond. He is program chairman of the Madison Co. Civil War Roundtable and is a member of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable and Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable. He was elected as the inaugural president of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable in 2010. He was recently appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.