Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coming September 4, 2014

Coming September 4.  Stephen M. Hood will discuss his book John Bell Hood: The rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General.  The North Shore Civil War Roundtable will present Mr. Hood with our Walt Whitman Civil War Book Award.

John Bell Hood was one of the Confederacy’s most successful—and enigmatic—generals. He died at 48 after a brief illness in August of 1879, leaving behind the first draft of his memoirs Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies. Published posthumously the following year, the memoirs immediately became as controversial as their author. A careful and balanced examination of these “controversies,” however, coupled with the recent discovery of Hood’s personal papers (which were long considered lost) finally sets the record straight in John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. (Publisher)

Stephen M. "Sam" Hood is a distant relative of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, and lives in Huntington WV with his wife of 35 years, the former Martha Ann Hager. He is a 1970 graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, and earned a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University in 1976. Sam served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has had a life long interest in the sport of soccer. He is a former Head Men's Soccer Coach at Marshall University, and coached Huntington St. Joseph Catholic High School to West Virginia State Championships in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988. He was named West Virginia High School Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993, and was a charter inductee into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. A former college soccer referee, Sam was a founder of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in 1982. With an abiding interest in Civil War history, Sam is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham VA, and is past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans. (Publisher)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coming July 3, 2014

Tom Huntington will discuss his book Searching for George Gordon Meade:  The Forgotten Victor Gettysburg.  Major General George Gordon Meade, the man who commanded the victorious Union army at the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg, has been unfairly overlooked by history. Searching for Meade is not your typical Civil War biography. While Huntington does tell the story of Meade’s life, he also provides first-person accounts of his visits to the battlefields where Meade fought and museums that cover the Civil War. He talks with experts, enthusiasts, curators, park rangers and even a Meade impersonator to get their insights into the past and the present. The result is a quirky and compelling mash-up of history, biography, travel and journalism that touches both past and present.

Tom attended the University of Southern California and Bowdoin College.  He has authored four books: Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg (2013), Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments (2013), Ben Franklin's Philadelphia (2005) and Pennsylvania Civil War Trails (2007) He managed and edited Smithsonian’s Air and Space Magazine for more than 10 years.  Huntington's many magazine articles have appeared in American Heritage, Smithsonian, Air & Space, British Heritage, America in WWII, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Invention & Technology and many other publications. He lives with his family in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. 


Friday, May 2, 2014

Coming June 5, 2014



Mark A. Lause will discuss his book Price’s Last Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri. In the fall of 1864, during the last brutal months of the Civil War, the Confederates made one final, desperate attempt to rampage through the Shenandoah Valley, Tennessee, and Missouri. Price’s Raid, the common name for the Missouri Campaign led by General Sterling Price was the last of these attempts, involving tens of thousands of armed men. (Publisher)

Mark A. Lause was born to a family of trade unionists at Washington, Missouri, and grew up interested in labor and in history. The political unrest of the 1960s deepened these concerns. Graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he took advanced degrees at Chicago from Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois. After teaching at various institutions, he is currently a full professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. (Amazon)

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Coming May 1, 2014


Michael C.C. Adams will discuss his book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War.  Perhaps because the United States has not seen conventional war on its own soil since 1865, the collective memory of its horror has faded, so that we have sanitized and romanticized even the experience of the Civil War. Neither film nor reenactment can fully capture the hard truth of the four-year conflict. Living Hell presents a stark portrait of the human costs of the Civil War and gives readers a more accurate appreciation of its profound and lasting consequences.  (Publisher)

Michael C. C. Adams strips away the facade to provide a necessary and compelling dose of reality about the war as it was seen and experienced by those who lived it. This is not another story of battles and campaigns. It is instead a broad tapestry that takes the reader to many dark corners of the war which are often left unconsidered. (Scott Hartwig, noted Civil War Historian)

Dr. Adams is the author of several books including The Best War Eve, The Great Adventure and Our Masters the Rebels. He is professor of history and chair of the History and Geography Department at Northern Kentucky University.

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Coming April 3, 2014

Jake Boritt will present his original film: The Gettysburg Story: The Battle As You Have Never Seen It Before.
Jake Boritt is an American documentary filmmaker, producer and director.  He is the maker of  many highly acclaimed films which have appeared on HBO, A&E and AMC. His 2007 film Budapest to Gettysburg explored the story of his father Professor Gabor Boritt, a world renowned Lincoln and Civil War scholar who returned to Hungary to find his roots in the tyranny of Hitler and Stalin. The Gettysburg Story brings to life America's greatest battle in a fresh, dynamic way. Cutting-edge technologies including aerial drone cinematography, helicopter mounted cameras, motion control time-lapse, and 3D animated maps bring the stories of Lincoln, Lee, Meade, and others to a new generation.  Never before seen imagery of the exact ground where events changed the course of history is narrated by Stephen Lang.
 
Jake Boritt has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in Vanity Fair and Newsweek. He has helped guide the President of the United States on the Gettysburg battlefield. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he studied under multi-National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon. He was raised on a Civil War farm in Gettysburg that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and a Confederate Hospital during the battle.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Coming March 6, 2014

Timothy S. Sedore will discuss his book An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments.  As America was torn apart by the horrors of the Civil War, no state bore the brunt of battle more than Virginia. Home to the Confederate capitol of Richmond and the linchpin of the eastern theater of the war, the state now bears a myriad of testaments to its harrowing past, waiting to be explored. With An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments, Timothy S. Sedore presents the first volume to enumerate Virginia's southern Civil War memorials marking the bloody battles that took place on Virginia soil. Sedore's illuminating and highly readable guide catalogs 360 of the state's most infamous and obscure commemorations, and provides not only a fascinating compilation of locations but also a compelling vision of the public sense of loss in the post-Civil War South. (Publisher)

Timothy Sedore is Professor of English at The City University of New York, Bronx Community College.He completed his undergraduate work at New York University with a double major in economics and English.  His Master of Arts degree in English, with a focus on American studies, is from Arizona State University. His doctorate, in English education, is from Columbia University, Teachers College.  He is currently doing a book length study of the Civil War Monuments of Tennessee.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Coming January 2, 2014


Megan Kate Nelson will discuss her book Ruin Nation.  During the Civil War, cities, houses, forests, and soldiers’ bodies were transformed into “dead heaps of ruins,” novel sights in the southern landscape. How did this happen, and why? And what did Americans—northern and southern, black and white, male and female—make of this proliferation of ruins? Ruin Nation is the first book to bring together environmental and cultural histories to consider the evocative power of ruination as an imagined state, an act of destruction, and a process of change. (Publisher) 
Megan Kate Nelson is a lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. She has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard (1994) and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa (2002). She is also the author of Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2005) and   is a contributor to the New York Times Disunion Blog. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.