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'Battle of Eltham's Landing' author to speak to West Point Historical Society
WEST POINT – Oscar Lieber was born in Boston and educated in Europe. His father was one of Abraham Lincoln's chief legal advisors. His two younger brothers were officers in the Union Army; one of them had lost an arm at Fort Donelson. Yet when a bullet felled him on May 7, 1862, in the woods just east of what today is Farmers Drive in New Kent County, Oscar was wearing the uniform of a Confederate private. William A. Palmer, Jr., author of The Battle of Eltham's Landing, will have more to tell about this enigmatic figure in an illustrated lecture, "Finding Oscar: My Search for a Lost Confederate Soldier," at Sunday's quarterly meeting of the Historical Society of West Point. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Downtown Business Center, 621 Main Street, at 3 p.m. on October 13.