On Sunday, June 23 the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will be open from 1:00pm-3:00pm as part of Civil War Days in the Harrisburg Area. At 1:00pm, Joe Mieczkowski will give a free presentation on the history of The Life and Times of Lincoln’s Secretary of War: Simon Cameron. From 2:00-3:00 free self-guided tours will be available.
The Eagle of the Susquehanna, Simon Cameron, will present a program on his life and times. Cameron is the most interesting and successful politician Pennsylvania ever produced. Historian Joe Mieczkowski, licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg NMP, in period dress will present a first-person discussion of Cameron and the controversies that surround him to this day. A rich industrialist, railroad magnate, banker, Minister to Russia and Senator; Cameron served as Lincoln’s first Secretary of War and helped build the Union war machine. He was an early advocate of allowing blacks into the Army. He was at Lincoln’s side during our nation’s greatest crisis. This is one presentation you don’t want to miss! The lecture will be held at Cameron’s Harrisburg home, now home to the Historical Society of Dauphin County.
Joe Mieczkowski is a retired Federal Executive and a licensed Battlefield Guide for the Gettysburg National Military Park. Joe is a Past President of both The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides and The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. In addition, Joe is on the faculty of the prestigious Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg, PA. He has three books to his credit including” After Gettysburg: Lee Retreats and Meade Pursues.” Joe has been a featured author on C-Span and contributes to The Civil War News and Emerging Civil War website.