Meeting of June 19, 2013

Paul Lader, Esq. on “The Civil War: A Sampling of the Strange, the Odd, the Fascinating, the Mundane, and the Outright Fabricated”

Paul Lader

Paul Lader

Here are a few samples from Paul’s talk:

The Strange:  Did you know that the Third Reich’s Hitler Youth Leader had a grandfather who was an officer in the Union Army?

The Odd: Speaking of the Third Reich, there were two Union soldiers with the surname of Hitler.

The Fascinating: The survival or demise of a wounded young junior officer at the Second Battle of Manassas would have profound consequences on the course of history in the mid-20th Century.  (You’ll have to attend to Paul’s talk to find out who that junior officer was!)

The Fabricated: Robert E. Lee’s last words were not “Strike the tent.”  They were something else, and it was not very flattering…

Paul J. Lader has been interested in Civil War history since he read some picture books about it when he was a little kid.  That interest has never waned, and he is still reading about it (like the rest of us!). Paul began re-enacting in 1994, and his home unit is Company A of the 7th New Jersey.  He has conducted extensive research relative to the original 7th New Jersey, as well as its fellow regiments of the Second New Jersey Brigade, and he has been steadily adding to his collection of post-war reunion ribbons and other ephemera. In addition, he has done some research on the 12th New Jersey and the Excelsior Brigade of New York.

Paul has had several articles published in the Gettysburg Magazine: “The 7th New Jersey in the Gettysburg Campaign” (Vol. 16, Jan. 1997), and “The Personal Journey of Private David Ballinger, Company H, 12th New Jersey Volunteers (Vol. 24, Jan. 2001). Paul also assisted Longstreet House in the re-publishing of an old biography of Colonel Louis R. Francine (7th New Jersey) and served as a contributing editor for the 1998 publication of a regimental history of the 7th New Jersey (Give it to Them, Jersey Blues!, by John Heyward).

A 1990 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, Paul was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1990, the New Jersey Bar in 1991 and the New York Bar in 2005; he is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern & Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His areas of concentration include workers’ compensation, subrogation, motor vehicle, insurance coverage, premises liability and general civil litigation.

You might say that civil litigation is his vocation; Civil War history is his avocation.

June 2013 Newsletter