Meeting of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley
When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022
Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second street, Marietta OH
Presentation: The Lincoln Assassination Trial presented by Kevin Ritter, educator, Washington County Commissioner and Ph.D.
Due to an unanticipated family obligation, Kent Masterson Brown is unable to be in Marietta next week. However, Mr. Brown will present Meade at Gettysburg: A Study In Command at a special meeting of the Civil War Round Table that will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at St. Lukes’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Marietta. Please note this special event on your calendar!
We are pleased to host Kevin Ritter, educator, entrepreneur, historian and Ph.D., who will present The Lincoln Assasination Trial at our next regular meeting.
Following the assassination of President Lincoln on April 14, 1865, and the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth, nine conspirators were subsequently captured and placed on trial under charges that included conspiracy to kidnap President Lincoln, conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln, conspiracy to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson, conspiracy to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward, and aiding and abetting Booth’s escape.
For seven weeks in May and June 1865, the nation’s attention was riveted on the trial. President Johnson and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton insisted on a military tribunal wherein a vote of only five of the nine judges—rather than a unanimous vote in a civilian trial – was required to establish guilt. Six votes could impose the death penalty. Why a military trial? Federal authorities argued that Washington, D.C., was a war zone in April 1865—Confederate troops were still in the field—and that the assassination was an act of war. The accused were permitted to question the 366 witnesses to their various crimes, but were not permitted to speak on their own behalf. What did these witnesses say? What were the verdicts? These questions and more will be addressed by the speaker.
Mr. Ritter grew up near Detroit, MI and attended Central Michigan University on a baseball scholarship. He earned his undergraduate degree in History and masters degree in Political Science at Central Michigan, and Ph.D. in Modern European History at Western Michigan University. After completing his education, he worked as a consultant in Washington, DC, before founding Coast to Coast Baseball, an organization that trained more than 5,000 athletes to compete at every level of collegiate and professional baseball . In addition to baseball, Kevin is equally devoted to education and has served as a high school teacher and collegiate instructor throughout the past 20-years. He was elected Washington County Commissioner in 2018 and is currently unopposed in a 2022 bid for re-election. Mr. Ritter resides in Marietta with his wife, Khadine, an attorney, and children Liam and Anna.
The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council.
Lastly, the Civil War Round Table will conduct a sale of Civil War books before and after next week’s meeting. All of these titles, although previously owned, are in impeccable condition and were donated from the extensive collection and estate of former leadership team member Norman Pape. Proceeds from the sale are designated for the Charlotte Scott historical marker project.
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