Hosts: County Line Historical Society of Wayne/Holmes
Speaker: John Fazio of Fairlawn will present a power point presentation which the story of Union General Francis C. Barlow and his wife, Arabella, and Confederate General John B. Gordon and his wife, Fanny. Both wives followed their husbands from battlefield to battlefield and each nursed her spouse back to good health after life-threatening wounds. At, Gettysburg, Gordon save Barlow's life by ministering to him on the battlefield and by arranging for Arabella to come through his lines to be with her husband, only to face him in head-to-head combat ten months later at Spotsylvania. After the war, the two warriors -each thinking the other dead -met at a dinner party and were "resurrected" to each other, becoming fast friends for the rest of their lives. So ironic are the encounters that one would think the story was scripted in Hollywood.
Bio: Fazio has a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He now lives in Fairlawn with his wife Mary, who is retired after a career in public relations. Between them, they have seven children, all of whom have left the nest.
Fazio joined Mary in retirement in 2015 after practicing law for 50 years. He is a student of history with an emphasis on European and American history and with an even greater emphasis on the most defining event in American history, the Civil War. He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its president. He also is a member of the Lincoln Forum, The Surratt Society, the Cleveland Grays and the Western Reserve and the Western Reserve Historical Society. He teaches Civil War history at Chautauqua Institution, frequently speaks on the war and other subjects before Roundtables and other groups, and has written and published numerous articles on the war and other subjects.
In addition, Fazio wrote "Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln" after five years of research and writing. The book was released in January 2016. Copies are available from www. Amazon.com.
Public Welcome and No Admission Fee. Park across North Market Street from the church.