Next Civil War Round Table meeting planned for Jan. 17

The next regular meeting of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on 230 Second Street in Marietta. Pamela Douglas Brust, volunteer researcher, historian and author at Henderson Hall Plantation, will present “The Henderson Family Through the Civil War Years.”

On the advice of his friend George Washington, Alexander Henderson purchased 25,000 acres of land in Western Virginia and sent his three sons to the Mid-Ohio Valley to manage the property in the late 1700’s. The family prospered here and has a long and colorful history that includes associations with several prominent figures in American history such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Harmon Blennerhassett, Aaron Burr, John James Audubon, John Chapman and General Robert E. Lee. Like many families of the era, the Henderson family was divided by the Civil War. Family patriarch George Washington Henderson, although a slave owner, was an ardent supporter of the Union and served as a representative to the Constitutional Convention in Wheeling which led to West Virginia’s birth as a state in 1863. His son enlisted in the Union army while other family members supported the Confederate cause. Pamela Brust will outline the many-faceted concerns that the Henderson family faced as complex events unfolded in the Mid-Ohio Valley during this tumultuous period.

Mrs. Brust is a native of Athens and earned a degree in journalism from Ohio University. She has received numerous awards for more than 35 years of service covering state and local government, court proceedings and social service agencies as a reporter and photographer. She is recognized on both the state and local levels for her human-interest features and received an Arts and Letters Award from the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. More recently, Mrs. Brust spent more than a year contributing to a grant-funded research project dedicated to reading and cataloging the extensive Henderson family archives which includes numerous personal letters, business ledgers, journals, diaries, deeds, wills and other legal documents. After completing this project, Mrs. Brust volunteered to serve as a historian and research assistant at Henderson Hall Plantation. She was subsequently authorized to write the first book about the Henderson family history. The book is entitled “The Hendersons, One Family’s Legacy” and will be published in winter or early spring 2019. The author has donated the time required to research and compose the book so that all proceeds from the book’s sale may be used to fund historic preservation at Henderson Hall Plantation.

An annual business meeting will follow the speaker’s presentation.

This meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Small donations will be accepted to defray a portion of the cost of this event.

The Civil War Round Table meets on third Thursday of each of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November. There are no membership dues or assessments. Education programs and historical marker projects are funded by annual field trips to sites related to American history. The New Birth of Freedom field trip on April 25-28 will feature local connections to Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War sites in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, PA. Contact Leight Murray, recording secretary, at 740-706-2575 or lmurray5154@gmail for more information.

The Civil War Round Table is affiliated with the Marietta Community Foundation. Donations to the foundation on behalf of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley Fund are tax deductible.

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