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Oswego County Historical Society to Host Lecture On Life of Civil War Soldier and Oswego News Correspondent

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the first lecture of the 2015 season on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum located at 135 E. Third St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Guest lecturer Rick Sivers will present a program entitled, “With Pen and Sword.”

The presentation will also mark the opening of a new exhibit at the museum that recalls the death of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the American Civil War.

Sivers’ presentation focuses on war correspondence to the Oswego Commercial Times during the opening years of the Civil War.

Written under the pseudonym of Grotius, the series of letters beginning in May 1861 and continuing through January 1863 tell of the war in Missouri from the perspective of Captain George Bradway, an Oswego native and war surgeon.

He was killed at the Battle of Hartsville, Mo., on January 10, 1863.

His body was returned to Oswego and buried in Rural Cemetery in the town of Oswego.

Captain Bradway was Sivers’ great-great uncle.

“His writings give us a unique perspective of the war,” Sivers said. “While most of Oswego was focused on the war in the eastern U.S., Bradway wrote of the struggles in the wilds of the western front. His personal commentaries humanize the war efforts and I think people will find his writings interesting and enlightening.”

In conjunction with the presentation, the new exhibit will open in the second floor temporary exhibit gallery that will showcase some of the museum’s holdings from the Civil War.

The death of the president and the end of the war are the focus of the exhibit which pulls together newspaper accounts, military items, photos and a variety of items of the period.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of county.

The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information call the museum during regular hours at 343-1342.