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July 2021

Book Talk with Charles Knight— From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865

July 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lost in all of the military histories of the war, and even in most of the Lee biographies, is what the general was doing when he was out of history’s “public” eye.  Where was Lee and what was he doing when the spotlight of history failed to illuminate him? Correspondence and papers from Lee’s family, his staff, his lieutenants, and the men of his army revel new things about Lee for the first time. Charles Knight is native of Richmond,…

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August 2021

Book Talk with Brian F. Swartz–Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War

August 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Follow Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s swift transition from college professor and family man to regimental and brigade commander as he honed his fighting skills at Shepherdstown and Fredericksburg. Praised by his Gettysburg peers for leading the 20th Maine Infantry’s successful defense of Little Round Top—an action that would eventually earn him Civil War immortality—Chamberlain experienced his most intense combat after arriving at Petersburg. Raised on Chamberlain Street in Brewer, Maine, Brian F. Swartz has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and…

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Book Talk with Harold Knudsen–The Confederacy’s Most Modern General

August 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sandwiched between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, the Civil War is often called the first “modern war." Some of the most profound modern contributions to the art of war were made by Confederate General James Longstreet. Discover howLongstreet’s thinking evolved over a series of battles and how his innovations appeared in future wars.  LTC Knudsen is an Illinois native. His career spans twenty five years of active duty Army service, and includes seven resident career artillery, command and…

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Book Talk with Adolfo Ovies–The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Custer was a hussar—a firm believer in the shock power of the mounted saber charge—while Wesley Merritt his immediate superior was a dragoon, with a belief that troopers should fight dismounted with their carbines. Discover how the diametrically opposed styles of these two men led to a steadily deteriorating relationship that affected events in the field. Adolfo Ovies migrated to the United States from Cuba in June of 1960, making his new home with his grandmother in Connecticut. He was immersed…

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