It was by complete coincidence that when I set up this lecture series with the Monmouth County Park System that it would start in April, just days away from the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war. I am really excited to be giving these lectures, the first starting next week, because the Civil war is something I have always been fascinated with, and having the opportunity to talk to people about it is very special. I really would not consider these lectures, because it is not going to be me standing behind a podium talking for an hour, but an interactive presentation complete with a PowerPoint presentation, photos, maps, and stories you would not read in a textbook. The most of these presentations will have a film clip of Gods and Generals shown at the end, except for Shiloh, which is actually one of the only major battles to not be seen in a major motion picture. Below is the list of dates and times I will be speaking (the Shiloh one will be with my former history professor Jeff Huber). I really hope you will be able to make it out to these, because they will be very interesting. Please click here to register for one, or all, of them. You can also call 732-842-4000 (ext. 1) to reserve your seat. Please note, if we do not reach the minimum amount of people, we have to cancel, but right now, the First Bull Run one is definitely on. The others I am not sure about, so please, if you have an interest, you will not be disappointed. History buffs young and old are welcome!
Schedule of Events
1. Picnic Baskets and Bullets: The Battle of First Bull Run
Thursday, April 7 from 6-7pm at Longstreet Farm Visitor’s Center
2. Deep in the Heart of Dixie: The Battle of Shiloh
Tuesday, April 19 from 6-7 pm at Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center
3. The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam
Monday, May 16 from 6-7 pm at the Beech Room at Thompson Park
4. Brother Against Brother: The Battle of Fredericksburg
Tuesday, May 24 from 6-8 pm at the Beech Room at Thompson Park
All lectures are $5 admission except the last one which is $7 because it is two hours long.There will also be two more coming up in the summer, Chancellorsville in June and Gettysburg in July. The dates and times are TBD.