Free Book Talks




September 25, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Free
 Book Talk
Join author Chris Brenneman for a discussion on the book "The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Pint of the Civil War on Canvas"
About the Book:
Thousands of books and articles have been written about the Battle of Gettysburg. Almost every topic has been thoroughly scrutinized except one: Paul Philippoteaux’s massive cyclorama painting The Battle of Gettysburg, which depicts Pickett’s Charge, the final attack at Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas is the first comprehensive study of this art masterpiece and historic artifact.
About the Author:
A life-long love of Civil War history brought Chris Brenneman, Sue Boardman, and Bill Dowling to Gettysburg. Today they are all Licensed Battlefield Guides at the Gettysburg National Military Park. As part of his job working for the Gettysburg Foundation, Chris has spent hundreds of hours observing the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Chris has a talent for organization and a keen eye for detail which has helped him to identify all of the intricacies of the painting.
 Sept 25
October 9, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Free
Book Talk
Join author Ed Alexander for a discussion on the book "Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg"
About the Book:
Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg by Edward S. Alexander tells the story of the men who fought and died in the decisive battle of the Petersburg campaign. Readers can follow the footsteps of the resolute Union attackers and stand in the shoes of the obstinate Confederate defenders as their actions decided the fate of the nation.
About the Author:
Edward S. Alexander is a park ranger at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, site of the Breakthrough Battlefield in Petersburg, Virginia. His work in preserving, maintaining, and interpreting these grounds allows him to guide readers across this hallowed landscape. Edward is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.A. in history. He has previously worked with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Edward currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a contributor to the blog Emerging Civil War (emergingcivilwar.com).
 Oct 9
October 23, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Free
Book Talk
Join author Lee Lawrence for a discussion on the book "Society of Rebels, The Diary of Amanda Edmonds"
About the Book:
Amanda Edmonds lived in 19th century northern Virginia, and she kept a diary of ten crucial years of our nation’s history. Edmonds’ home was frequently invaded by Union troops, she had loved friends and family members killed by disease or in battle, and was herself a defiant defender of the Confederacy. Edmonds lived in the heart of John Singleton Mosby’s Confederacy; her own brothers rode in his 43rd Battalion. This diary is Amanda Edmonds’ eye-witness account of the years 1857-1867: impending secession, war, and its aftermath. Edmonds writes of both Union and Confederate infantry and cavalrymen, naming the men along with their regiments and companies that passed through northern Virginia. Her diary is an incredible resource to anyone who loves social or military history. She gives an incredible, eye-witness account of war.
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November 13, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Free
 Book Talk
Join author Jim Hall for a discussion on the book "The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia"

About the Book:

In 1932, a black man was found hanging on Rattlesnake Mountain in Fauquier County. A mob set fire to his body. Officials identified the remains as Shedrick Thompson, wanted for the abduction and rape of a local white woman. Some claimed Thompson killed himself―the final act of a desperate fugitive. But residents knew better, calling the tragedy a lynching―the last one known in Virginia. Author Jim Hall takes an in-depth look at the events to expose a complex and disturbing chapter in Virginia history.

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November 20, 16
1:30 p.m.
Free
Book Talk
Join author Jseph R. Haynes book "Virginia Barbeque: A History"

With more than four hundred years of history, Virginians lay claim to the invention of southern barbecue. Native Virginian Powhatan tribes slow roasted meat on wooden hurdles or grills. James Madison hosted grand barbecue parties during the colonial and federal eras. The unique combination of vinegar, salt, pepper, oils and various spices forms the mouthwatering barbecue sauce that was first used by colonists in Virginia and then spread throughout the country. Today, authentic Virginia barbecue is regionally diverse and remains culturally vital. Drawing on hundreds of historical and contemporary sources, author, competition barbecue judge and award-winning barbecue cook Joe Haynes documents the delectable history of barbecue in the Old Dominion.

 

 

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December 4, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Free
 Book Talk
Join author Arwen Bicknell for a discussion on the book "Justice and Vengeance: Scandal, Honor, and Murder in 1872 Virignia"
About the Book:
In Justice and Vengeance, Arwen Bicknell offers the first full account of the events leading up to the shooting of James Clark by Lucien Fewell and the sensational, headline-grabbing murder trial that followed. Set against the backdrop of Reconstruction, tumultuous Virginia politics, and the presidential election of 1872 featuring Ulysses Grant, Horace Greeley, and protofeminist Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate, Bicknell paints a vivid picture of the evolving South as she traces the families and fortunes of Lucien Fewell, a hellraiser with a passion for drink and for abusing Yankees and scalawags, and James Clark, a rising legal and political star with a wife, a daughter, and a baby on the way.

A marvelous work of historical re-creation, Justice and Vengeance is sure to fascinate anyone interested in crime drama, the Civil War and its aftermath, and the history of Virginia and the politics of the American South.

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