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2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series: Armistead and Hancock – Behind the Gettysburg Legend
November 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In Person in the Lincoln Gallery at ACFL&MH
Armistead and Hancock:
Behind the Gettysburg Legend
With Tom McMillan
Saturday, November13, 2021 1:00 PM IN PERSON & ONLINE
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Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9370579279 Meeting ID: 937 057 9279
In a war of brother versus brother, theirs has become the most famous broken friendship: Union general Winfield Scott Hancock and Confederate general Lewis Armistead. Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels (1974) and the movie Gettysburg (1993), based on the novel, presented a close friendship sundered by war, but history reveals something different from the legend.
In his deeply researched book, Tom McMillan sets the record straight. Even if their friendship wasn’t as close as the legend has it, Hancock and Armistead knew each other well before the Civil War. After emotionally parting ways when the Civil War broke out, their lives wouldn’t intersect again until Gettysburg, when they faced each other during Pickett’s Charge.
Part dual biography and part Civil War history, Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend clarifies the historic record with new information and fresh perspective, reversing decades of misconceptions about an amazing story of two friends that had defined the Civil War.
Tom McMillan, a lifelong student of the Civil War, has served on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation. His other books are Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 (2014) and Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers (2017), which won the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award. He retired earlier this year after a forty-three-year career in sports media and communications.
2nd Saturday Lectures made possible by the Massey Charitable Trust