Nov. 15 CWRT is Lincoln's 25 hours at Gettysburg

Nov. 15 CWRT is Lincoln's 25 hours at Gettysburg

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The next Wayne County Civil War Round Table program, which is free and open to the public at the Wooster Branch Library of the Wayne County Public Library, will be Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The program, Lincoln’s 25 hours in Gettysburg, will feature John Spaziani portraying Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s friend and bodyguard who also served as the provost marshal in Gettysburg. Jerry Payn will portray President Lincoln.

Spaziani will review the events leading up to the "Gettysburg Address." Payn will give the address in sections, and Spaziani will interpret it, section by section. They will conclude with the long-standing significance of the address to this day and a tribute to Lincoln.

Spaziani, a New Jersey native, was an engineer who worked on Project Apollo Missions IX through XVII and power plants/infrastructure worldwide, visiting over 40 countries in over 30 years. He retired in 2014 to concentrate on family and living history, doing 32 events annually pre-COVID. His love of history and the American Civil War stems from a 1963 visit to Gettysburg with his parents. He has an extensive library including original works and artifacts.

Spaziani was asked by the Civil War Heritage Foundation to portray Gen. Samuel Cooper, adjunct and inspector general, the highest-ranking full Confederate general, which he has done dozens of times in a first-person portrayal. He has subsequently portrayed Union spy Timothy Webster; Confederate Lt. George Erasmus Dixon, the last captain of the Confederate submarine, The Hunley; and Col. William Calvin Oates of the 15th Alabama Confederate Infantry.

Thanks go to CWRT members, the Wayne County Public Library, R.W. Gasbarre & Assoc. Surveyors and John Spaziani for being sponsors of the WC CWRT.

For questions call the library's reference department at 330-804-4666 or email