Library programs take a look at Civil War

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming programs.

They include:

noon July 15, “Lunch With books: Moses Fleetwood Walker.”

Stark State College instructor Craig Brown will discuss the life of Walker. Brown is leading an effort to create an official day to honor Walker, the first African American to play major league baseball, many years before Jackie Robinson. Walker was born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio.

He was not only a baseball player, but also a businessman in the Ohio Valley.

Brown and his students believe Walker deserves to be honored with a special day, so that future generations will know what he accomplished.

The group has the support of Rep. Slesnick of Canton.

However, they are asking supporters to like the Moses Fleetwood Walker Day Facebook.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. July 15, “People’s University, American History III: The Great War, Part I.” World War I began in Europe in 1914.

The U.S. entered the war in 1917 and the Allied Powers were victorious over the Central Powers by 1918. Hal Gorby instructs.

noon July 22, “Lunch With Books: After the Storm, Burial of the Civil War Dead.”

Civil War expert Kathleen Logothetis Thompson will present “After the Storm: Burial of the Civil War Dead.”

When the fighting stops and armies move on, what happens to the dead left behind?

Local efforts might take care of the problem initially, but the cleanup is a process that will last years as family members search for loved ones and governments seek ways to properly care for the dead.

Kathleen Logothetis Thompson is pursuing her doctorate degree at West Virginia University.

She has been an interpreter at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, editor for the Emerging Civil War blog, and contributor to books in the Emerging Civil War book series.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. July 22, “People’s University, American History III: The Great War, Part II.” World War I began in Europe in 1914.

The U.S. entered the war in 1917 and the Allied Powers were victorious over the Central Powers by 1918. Gorby instructs.

noon July 29, “Lunch With Books: The B&O Railroad During the Civil War.”

Dan Toomey, “The War Came by Train: The B&O Railroad During the Civil War” author, will explore the concept that the “first front” of the war was neither a political nor a geographical boundary, but the main line of the B&O.

When the Civil War began, railroads in the North were poised to support the Union war effort by moving men and material in volumes and speed never before seen in the history of warfare.

One of the leading railroads in the nation, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, was located in the South, but economically tied to the North and West.

Immediately after the firing on Fort Sumter, the Baltimore and Ohio became the first military objective of the war.

Union soldiers arrived at Camden Station on April 19, 1861, following the first land battle of the war that was fought on the streets of Baltimore. The same day Virginia state troops occupied Harpers Ferry where a 1,000-foot bridge carried trains over the Potomac River.

A month later, a Union regiment commanded by a former B&O employee left the western terminus at Wheeling to drive off Confederate forces near Grafton.

Toomey is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author of several books including “The Civil War in Maryland,” “Marylanders at Gettysburg” and “The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home.” He is also co-author of “Baltimore During the Civil War” and “Marylanders in Blue,” all of which were published by Toomey Press.

Toomey has lectured for a number of historical organizations as well as the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution.

He is a member of the Surratt Society, and the Maryland Arms Collectors Association, and the Company of Military Historians.

He serves on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and was project historian for the Maryland Memorial erected at Gettysburg in 1994.

Toomey has won numerous awards for his historical research and exhibits including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Award in 1985 and was the 2001 recipient of the Peterkin Award given by the National Park Service at Fort McHenry for his contributions in the field of research and preservation.

Toomey is currently the Guest Curator at the B&O Railroad Museum for the five year exhibit, “The War Came By Train,” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. July 29, “People’s University, American History III: The Jazz Age, Part I.”

In a nation weary of war, women exercised their newly found freedom and Harlem night clubs thrived, featuring jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Joe Laker instructs.

Visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call (304) 232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.

The library is located at 52 16th St. For information call (304) 232-0244.