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Next Meeting: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Location: Conference Center in the West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: John Fazio, Cleveland Civil War Roundtable

Topic: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

For our April, 2014 meeting, we welcome back Cleveland Civil War Roundtable member John Fazio. Many of us remember John’s fascinating talk from 2010, “Francis & Arabella Barlow; John & Fanny Gordon: Love & War.” For this talk, John will take us from the world of high courage and romance to one of intrigue and dark secrets. From late 1864 into early 1865, the Confederacy was in a desperate position. It had suffered great destruction from the depths of Georgia all the way to their capital in Richmond. John will discuss how Confederate leaders were now prepared to take extreme measures to turn the tide. In effect, they would unleash a campaign of terror that would include seizing (or killing) President Lincoln. John will show evidence that John Wilkes Booth, whom we often associate as the leader of a small conspiracy unit, was actually part of a complex network of “action teams” hatched by the Confederate Secret Service to carry out the assassination plot. John will also demonstrate the likelihood that members of the Confederate executive branch, including President Jefferson Davis, Secretary of State Judah Benjamin and Secretary of War James Seddon were all privy to the plan.

John C. Fazio has a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He now lives in Akron 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. John recently joined Mary in retirement after practicing law for 47 years. He is a student of history, with an emphasis on American and European 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 frequently speaks on the war and other subjects before Roundtables and other groups. John is also a member of the Surratt Society, the Lincoln Forum and the Western Reserve Historical Society. He has written and published numerous articles on the war and other subjects. After almost five years of research, John has just completed writing a book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It is currently awaiting publication.

The terrible event of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is almost 150 years old, yet John will show several questions still remain to be full answered. You will not want to miss this fascinating talk!

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