WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia Independence Hall (WVIH) in Wheeling and the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will host a lecture on General William B. Curtis from West Liberty by former professor Earl Nicodemus. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. inside the historic courtroom at Independence Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

In 1861, Curtis was commissioned as captain of Company D in the 12th West Virginia Regimen. Afterwards, he took command of a brigade consisting of 1st, 4th and 12th West Virginia regiments in October of 1864. His record shows that he fought in thirteen battles, including Petersburg and Appomattox Court House.

Nicodemus served as a professor of instructional technology at West Liberty University for 40 years. He was instrumental in forming the West Liberty Historical Society and a “caretaker” of the historic West Liberty Cemetery from 1985 to 2016. In 2016 he was recognized as a West Virginia History Hero. His other interests include gardening and fishing.

For more information or questions regarding the lecture, you can contact Roger Micker by text message at (304) 312-7559.

For more information about WVIH, contact Debbie Jones, site manager, at (304) 238-1300 or Deborah.J.Jones@wv.gov.