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Gettysburg: The Great Turning Point of the Civil War?

Date & Time

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Podcast

Overview

For most Americans, Gettysburg stands as the great turning point of the Civil War. Ken Burns’s influential documentary, The Civil War, reinforced this viewpoint, devoting far more time to Gettysburg than to any other military event of the conflict. This lecture will challenge the idea of Gettysburg as an important turning point and explain why so many people hold on to a mistaken impression.

Speaker(s)

Gary Gallagher

John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War; Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Gary Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. He is the editor of the “Civil War America” series and the “Military Campaigns of the Civil War” series at the University of North Carolina Press (1993, 1994). He is co-editor of the “American Civil War Classics” series at the University of South Carolina press (2001-2005), and of “The Littlefield History of the Civil War Era” series at the University of North Carolina Press (2008). Mr. Gallagher was president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites from 1987-94, and trustee from 1994-96.

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