Book Talks

Throughout the year, the museum hosts authors who discuss their latest works. Learn more about the American Civil War and its legacies while engaging with authors in Q&A. 

Time: Generally at 12:00 or 1:00 pm.
Date: Generally on Friday or Saturday afternoons.
Location: Varies.
Cost: Generally, book talks are included with Museum admission.

Next Program

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Speaker: John Reeves

Dr. John Reeves will illuminate the incredible turnaround in attitudes towards Robert E. Lee by examining the evolving case against him from 1865 to 1870 and beyond as he discusses his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee. Reeves book tells the story of the forgotten legal and moral case that was made against the Confederate general after the Civil War. The actual indictment went missing for 72 years. Over the past 150 years, the indictment against Lee after the war has both literally and figuratively disappeared from our national consciousness.

John Reeves has been a teacher, editor, and writer for over twenty-five years. The Civil War, in particular, has been his passion since he first read Bruce Catton’s "The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War" as an elementary school student in the 1960s. Recently, John’s articles on Robert E. Lee have been featured in The Washington Post and on the History News Network. Earlier in his career, he taught European and American history at various colleges in Chicago, the Bronx, and London. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics from Syracuse University in 1984. Later, he received an MA in European History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and pursued a PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His dissertation was on Britain’s role in Persia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Upcoming Programs

Date: October 26, 2018
Speaker: Michael Shaffer
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Book Talk: In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Wallace Colley's Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry
Date: October 27, 2018
Speaker: Michael Shaffer
Location: American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
Book Talk: In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Wallace Colley's Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry
Date: November 17, 2018
Speaker: Janet Croon
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Book Talk: Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865

Past Topics

Speaker: James Morgan
Delve into the disaster at the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry as author James Morgan recounts how the battled wrecked a general’s career and led to the death of one of President Lincoln’s good friends.
Speaker: William C. Davis
Davis will discuss how his book peels back the myths Velasquez herself created to reveal a startling and even more implausible reality.
Speaker: William J. Miller
Author William J. Miller will explore the details of the overlooked cavalry action that influenced the balance of the Valley Campaign of 1864 and pitted two ambitious friends against each other.

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