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.
The winning ticket for a 43-inch flat-screen TV also will be chosen at this meeting. Tickets will be available for purchase from any member of the Historical Society or at West Point Antiques prior to Sunday's meeting. The tickets cost $3 apiece, two for $5. Proceeds from this raffle will support the Society's recently announced capital campaign. The goal of this campaign is the raising of $450,000, which will provide a permanent home for the Society's collections and offer a venue to the community for its educational outreach.