When: July 13th
Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall First floor. Room 121. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Phil Seyfrit, Superintendent Richmond Kentucky Battlefield.
Topic: “Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis”
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 serves as program chairman of the Madison Co. Civil War Roundtable, president of the Central Kentucky World War II Roundtable, and commander of the Sgt. Elijah P. Marrs Camp 5, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. He served on the Kentucky Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission from 2011-2015.
With two good sized Confederate armies in the Bluegrass state in the late summer of 1862, two Union generals quarrel in a Louisville hotel, resulting in the death of one and the lifelong damaged reputation of the other. Bull Nelson vs. Jefferson C. Davis. Come and learn about these two characters (and other significant players), their argument, Nelson’s murder/assassination, and the resulting effects (or lack thereof).