Gene Schmiel to speak at Manassas Museum August 9, Sign Books at Prospero’s August 22 during Civil War Days
Newly-minted member Gene Schmiel will be speaking at the Manassas Museum on Sunday August 9 at 2 P.M. about his book, “Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” The book, published by Ohio University Press, and a selection of the History Book Club, is a biography of one of the Union army’s finest “Political Generals,” i.e. one who did not attend West Point. Cox was a true Renaissance man, serving not only as a general, but also as Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Interior, President of the Wabash Railroad, congressman, amateur scientist, and President of the University of Cincinnati. He also wrote four histories of the Civil War which are still cited today by modern historians as objective accounts of not only the war, but of the men who fought it. The book is on sale at the museum.
On Saturday August 22 from 12-2 P.M., Schmiel will be at Prospero’s Book Store to sign copies of his book. This event coincides with the Manassas Civil War weekend, August 21-23.
About the author: Gene is a retired Foreign Service Officer, and a former Assistant Professor of History. He received his Ph.D. in History from the Ohio State University, and has taught at St. Francis University (Pa), as well as Marymount and Shenandoah Universities in Virginia. He is active in theater in the local area, having most recently appeared as “Antonio” in Fauquier Community Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and as Jonathan Brewster in the Hylton Center’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” He and his wife Kathryn reside in Gainesville in Heritage Hunt.by