Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

Love & War

This presentation is the incredible story of Union General Francis C. Barlow and his wife, Arabella, and Confederate General John B. Gordon and his wife, Fanny. Both wives followed their husbands from battlefield to battlefield and each nursed their spouse back from life-threatening wounds. At Gettysburg, Gordon saved Barlow’s life by arranging for Arabella to come through his lines to be with her husband—only to face him in head-to-head combat ten months later at Spotsylvania. After the war, the two warriors—each thinking the other dead—met at a dinner party and were “resurrected” to each other, becoming fast friends for the rest of their lives. So ironic are the encounters that one would think the story was scripted in Hollywood.

John Fazio holds a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.  Retired, after practicing law for forty-five years, he is a student of history, with a great emphasis on the Civil War.  He has been president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and frequently speaks on the war and other subjects.  He has also published numerous articles on the war and presently is writing a book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.