MOUNT VERNON — The very famous speech given on Mount Vernon’s Public Square on May 1, 1863, by gubernatorial candidate Clement Vallandigham will be the subject of the Wednesday, May 1, meeting of the Knox County Historical Society.
The illustrated program will be presented by Mount Vernon native, Dr. Lorle Porter, now Emeritus Professor of History at Muskingum University in New Concord.
Vallandigham’s two-hour speech is said to have drawn more than 10,000 people to Mount Vernon’s square during the height of America’s Civil War. As a prominent member of the Peace Democrat Party, also known as “Copperheads,” Vallandigham favored reaching a prompt settlement with the Confederacy. His speech here resulted in his subsequent arrest, military trial and conviction for treasonous speech and later banishment from the country. His story represents a most interesting chapter in America’s military and political history, and is often cited in legal discussions regarding free speech and habeas corpus issues.
Porter has prepared a new slide presentation especially for this program, which coincidentally falls precisely on the 150th anniversary of the original Mount Vernon speech. She is well known for her excellent programs, bringing to life a variety of interesting area historic events in her books and talks.
The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the historical society museum, 875 Harcourt Road. It is free and open to the public, and all persons interested in local history are invited to attend.
For more information call the museum at 740-393-5247.
Published on April 26, 2013