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

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
Location: White House of the Confederacy
Speaker: Michael Shaffer

As one of an estimated 20,000 soldiers who underwent amputation during the Civil War, Thomas Colley’s memoirs reveal the challenges of living with what many might recognize today as post-traumatic stress disorder.  Join us as Michael Shaffer unveils Colley’s experiences and struggles as a soldier and a veteran.

Upcoming Programs

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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