May 19, 2021
In Eastern Theatre
Hey CWBC Friends, I'm part of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. This Friday, we have Alan Guelzo as our speaker. His book on Gettysburg is fairly well known. This week he will be talking about Robert E. Lee. I thought the title of his presentation sounded pretty interesting, interesting enough to share. Zoom link found in the newsletter link. Just a reminder that our Harrisburg CWRT May engagement will take place this Friday, May 21st at 6:45 pm on Zoom. The acclaimed historian and best-selling author Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, of Princeton University, will discuss "The Crime and Glory of Robert E. Lee." See our May newsletter for additional details: https://harrisburgcwrt.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/May-2021-Newsletter.pdf Dr. Guelzo, who formerly served as Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, received multiple awards for his book, "Gettysburg: the Last Invasion," and served as commentator on CNN's original series, "Lincoln: Divided We Stand" last February. He will be presenting our annual Nye-Sommers Lecture, honoring the memory of two of our round table's most influential members, Colonel Wilbur S. Nye and Dr. Richard J. Sommers. He will give us a sneak preview of his new biography of Lee, which will be released this September.
Feb 21, 2021
In Eastern Theatre
"Attended" the American Civil War Museum's 2021 virtual symposium today. Gary Gallagher did a presentation on the importance of the 7 Days. He said that this series of battles was more important in total impact on the war "than Vicksburg and Gettysburg combined." Said Vicksburg was largely symbolic as the Mississippi hadn't been a Confederate river for some time. I think his point was that the war ends if the Union takes Richmond, but Johnston's wounding results in Lee, and Lee results in Oak Grove, Mechanicsville, etc. Curious about anyone's thoughts? I'm not one to say July 1-4, 1863 was THE week in the War, but I certainly had not thought of June 25 - July 1,1862, being THE week in the way Gallagher presented it today.