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.