In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the Battle at Buffington Island Campus Martius Museum and the Washington County Public Library, are proud to host Lester Horwitz, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, The Longest Raid of the Civil War. The program will take place at Campus Martius Museum on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 2:00 pm. It is free and open to the public. Funding provided by the Washington County Public Library.
Lester Horwitz is an historian, lecturer, playwright, and screenwriter. He began these creative enterprises after the age of 69. Preceding that, he was the founder and CEO of a national advertising agency for 45 years. Mr. Horwitz based his book about Morgan’s Raid on intense research and primary sources. He has given talks about it to several hundred organizations from coast-to-coast.
Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s great raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in July 1863 was a grueling ride on horseback over more than a thousand miles. Morgan began in Tennessee with 2,500 cavalrymen and surrendered in Columbiana County, Ohio with about 350 very tired men remaining. The Raid was the northernmost penetration of the Confederacy in the Union and provided the most significant military action occurring within the state of Ohio. In this talk, Mr. Horwitz will discuss the unique characteristics of this daring raid, its effect on the Civil War, and on civilians.
Mr. Horwitz is a native of Cincinnati and attended the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. He graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He and his wife, Florence, have three children.