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In Great Deeds, On Great Fields: Gettysburg at 160 Years. A Civil War Symposium
April 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is pleased to announce the return of our annual Civil War Symposium, slated for April 15, 2023. With the new year marking the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the symposium will focus on the events of the Gettysburg Campaign, both on the battlefield and on the homefront of Western Pennsylvania. We are thrilled to welcome five dynamic speakers including authors, museum professionals, and public historians.
Early bird tickets for the symposium are available for $55.00 from now until December 01, and the regular price of $65.00 from December 01 – April 01, 2023. Seating is limited, and our 2022 event did sell out, so please don’t wait to reserve your seat.
The price of the ticket includes breakfast refreshments, a boxed lunch, and light snacks. Ongoing tours of The Captain Thomas Espy Post will be available, as well as a large Civil War book sale and author book signings.
Please contact Espy Post Curator, Jon-Erik Gilot, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dan Welch – “How Did They Get Here? The Roads to Gettysburg”
A seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and historian at Emerging Civil War, Dan Welch will follow the Union and Confederate armies northward across Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania during the weeks leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg. Dan is the author The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign and co-editor of the Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series.
Peter C. Miele – “July 1, 1863: The Fight for Seminary Ridge”
Peter C. Miele is Executive Director at the Seminary Ridge Museum & Education Center and President of the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. Pete will be speaking on Pittsburgh’s controversial Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley and the involvement of Rowley’s & Biddle’s brigade during the fighting on Seminary Ridge on July 1, 1863.
Hampton Newsome – “Gettysburg’s Southern Front: Opportunity & Failure at Richmond”
An attorney and historian from Arlington, Virginia, Hampton Newsome is the author or editor of numerous Civil War volumes. His most recent book, Gettysburg’s Southern Front: Opportunity and Failure at Richmond, examines the little known Federal campaign to threaten the Confederate capital that occurred in conjunction with the Gettysburg Campaign.
Dana Shoaf – “July 2, 1863: The 5th Corps Artillery on the Union Left”
Longtime editor of the popular Civil War Times magazine, Dana Shoaf has also served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. He will be speaking on the role of the four batteries of 5th Corps artillery on the Union left on July 2, 1863, with an emphasis on the fighting by Gibbs’ Battery on Little Round Top.
Rich Condon – “The Department of the Monongahela in the Summer of 1863”
A native of Pittsburgh, Rich Condon is a park ranger at Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, and the founder of the Civil War Pittsburgh blog. Rich will be speaking on the Department of the Monongahela during the Summer of 1863, which encompassed all of Western Pennsylvania. Rich will examine the Civil War fortifications of Pittsburgh, as well as the capture of John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate Cavalry within the Department in July 1863.