Civil War Lecture/ Discussion
Aug 22, 2013
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
|Where||Decorah Public Library|
|Contact Name||Kristin Torresdal|
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Decorah Public Library will host the second installment of its Civil War 150th Commemoration book discussion Thursday August 22 at 7 p.m. Last year, Dr. Edward Tebbenhoff of the Luther College History Department introduced several readings on the first year of the war up through the battle of Antietam in September, 1862 and the Emancipation Proclamation. This year Tebbenhoff will introduce the readings which cover the year 1863 and highlight the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
Readings include Allan Guelzo's new book entitled “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion” and “Receding Tide: The Gettysburg and Vicksburg Campaigns: by Edward C. Bearss. Guelzo is an historian at Gettysurg College. While it is hard to say something new about Gettysburg, Guelzo succeeds with a wealth of anecdotes, quotations and insights about the battle. Bearss is a well-known Civil War historian and commentator. He is the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and is one of the foremost experts on Civil War battlefields. Bearss is an interesting writer and a Civil War personality much like the late Shelby Foote. Copies of both books are available at DPL. Attendees may read one or both titles, or simply show up for the discussion.
Discussion facilitator Dr. Edward Tebbenhoff received his Ph.D in American history from the University of Minnesota and has taught at Luther College since 1994.