Speaking Engagement in Pasadena – October 28th

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 9.33.16 AMGreetings to my Southern California friends – I will be speaking to the Pasadena Civil War Round Table on October 28th at 7:15 PM. The place: the Pasadena Central Library. The topic: Civil War veterans and reconciliation. This talk will be kicking off my book tour, of sorts…kind of promotional and kind of informative at the same time. If LSU press comes through by then, I might even have a copy or three on hand. Come one, come all – I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!

Here’s the deets.

With compliments,


2 thoughts on “Speaking Engagement in Pasadena – October 28th”

  1. Thank you for your presentation in Pasadena last night. Before you spoke, I said I might disagree… and you were willing to disagree also. “Each side considered itself the inheritors of the founding generation,” I think this is more true of the south than the north. More northern soldiers were newcomers… some straight off Ellis Island, some from the new Western states where they had barely harvested the first crop… and Northern old timers could buy their way out of service. Which may explain why the tourist gift shop at Kennesaw, GA is has more embarassing bumper stickers than the equally dumb one in Farwell, MI.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Anne – and thank you for coming to the presentation. While it is true that northern ranks saw more foreigners than those from the Confederacy, the overwhelming majority of Union soldiers enlisted to preserve the UNION and were very much connected to the ideals (however abstract) of the founding generation. Their letters attest to this during the war – and their commemorations certainly do after the war. The evidence is really staggering.

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