Wayne E. Motts to Speak at York CWRT on July 20
Memorial Stone for Sgt. Aaron T. McNaghten, an Ohio soldier killed in the Civil War.
The York Civil War Round Table will feature author and historian Wayne E. Motts at its monthly meeting on July 20, 2011. Wayne will present a PowerPoint talk entitled “…For The Last Time On Earth: The Life and Death of First Sergeant Aaron T. McNaghten.”
A soldier from Fairfield County, Ohio, in Company D, 62nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, McNaghten was killed in action on July 18, 1863 in the Union assault on Fort Wagner, located on Morris Island, South Carolina. This attack, which consisted of both white and black soldiers, was later immortalized in the major motion picture Glory released in 1989. McNaghten’s body was never recovered but his diaries and last war-time letter, which are currently on display at Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio, show McNaghten had a premonition of his death. Motts’ program will detail the interesting story of one Union soldier during the American Civil War.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome! Parking is also free.
This is a page from McNaghten’s diary which is on display at Wayne Mott’s father’s museum in Groveport, Ohio (in the Columbus area).
Wayne E. Motts was born and raised in central Ohio where he graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in history in 1989. Moving to Gettysburg in 1990, Wayne earned a Masters Degree in American History from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He was one of the youngest persons ever to complete the licensing process to be a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He has guided parties around the famous field for 22 years.
Motts is considered the leading authority in the nation on Southern General Lewis Addison Armistead of Pickett’s Charge fame and has published the only biography of the general entitled, Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA.
For ten years he was the research historian for renowned Civil War Artist Dale Gallon of Gettysburg where he assisted in the historical research of 40 works of fine art. In 2002, he accepted the position of curator at the Cumberland County Historical Society where he managed a collection of 8,000 artifacts. In 2004, he assumed duties as the collections manager of the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg. In 2005, Wayne was named executive director of the Society where he oversees a staff of four and 60 volunteers.
In addition to his directorship, Wayne is chairman of the Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies (APACHS), which promotes collaboration and best practices among the Commonwealth’s 67 county historical societies. As chairman of APACHS he sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations (PFMHO).