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Emancipation Proclamation Is Examined at Civil War Roundtable

WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, inside the court room at West Virginia Independence Hall.

A lecture on Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will be delivered by Thomas Buckley. The lecture is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted.

Buckley is a lifelong resident of Flushing, a 1969 graduate of Union Local High School and a 1997 graduate of Ohio University Athens.

Buckley married Lois Kemp in 1970, and they have two sons and three grandsons.

He taught history at Belmont College from 2003 until his retirement in 2015. He has been a longtime member of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, has served as president of the group in the past and is now the newsletter editor for the organization. He was one of the 2020 West Virginia History Heroes.

Buckley is also a member of History Detectives of Belmont County, a volunteer at the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing and a member of the Belmont County NAACP.

He has had a lifelong interest in history, with his interest in the American Civil War beginning with a visit to Gettysburg in 1969.

His special area of study in the Civil War is the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Battle of Antietam.


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