William Styple will speak at the August 31 meeting of the Summit Old Guard about his latest book, Tell Me of Lincoln, Memories of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and Life in Old New York. The book is based on notes taken by James E. Kelly an artist and sculptor who interviewed more than 50 people who had known President Lincoln. Kelly possessed a life long fascination with the Civil War and wanted to create a realistic sculpture of Lincoln. Kelly died prior to completing the sculpture. His notes of the interviews were found by author Styple at the New York Historical Society and the Smithsonian Institute. Artist Kelly chronicled the Civil War in paintings. He had done portraits of over 40 generals at his 57th Street studio. They included some of the famous Union leaders such as Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hancock and Chamberlain. During these portrait sittings many of the famous gave Kelly an insight into Lincoln's character.
William Styple is the President of Belle Grove Publishing company where has edited, co-authored and authored several works on the Civil War. He has appeared on C-Span Book TV speaking about "Tell Me of Lincoln". He is a native of Kearny and currently lives in Chatham with his wife and two children.
All area 50-plus active men are invited to attend meetings of the Summit Area Old Guard on Tuesday mornings at the New Providence Municipal Center at 360 Elkwood Avenue. A coffee hour starts at 9:15 that is followed by a 10 AM short business meeting. Old Guard members participate in sports, bridge, hikes, trips, plays, concerts and cultural events. The Old Guard is planning a trip to the Bronx on September 16. This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Summit Old Guard. Call Don Miller at 908-464-4116 for more information or log on to the website: www.summitoldguard.homestead.com