DC in the Civil War – Panel Discussion at NARA

Not to sound like I’m just here pitching events, but this is the second one in a week I’ve seen that got my attention:

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater
Washington DC in the Civil War
At the start of the Civil War, federal troops constructed a ring of defensive fortifications around Washington, D.C. The forts saw limited
military action, but nearby campaigns and skirmishes flourished. How did the war impact the Washington, DC area, and what was the experience of those who lived, worked, were stationed, and fled there?

Moderated by Edna Greene Medford, Associate Professor of History at Howard University, panelists include Benjamin Franklin Cooling, Professor of History, Department of National Security Studies, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and author of Mr. Lincoln’s Forts; Garry Adelman, Vice President, Center for Civil War Photography, and author of 99 Historic Images of Civil War Washington, Hari Jones, Curator and Assistant Director, African American Civil War Memorial; and Anthony S. Pitch,  author of They Have Killed Papa Dead.  Images of the Washington, DC area during the Civil War will projected on screen during the discussion. This program is presented in partnership with the Friends of Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site and the Military Road School Preservation Trust.

More details on the attached flier: Washington DC in the Civil War.

Certainly a well rounded panel.  I am very interested to see, given the individual backgrounds, where the discussions will lead!  From the flier, the panelists will explore “How did the war affect the Washington area, and what was the experience of those who lived, worked, were stationed, and fled there?”  Forts, photos, and African-American history… there’s a lot of cross themes there.

After the event, authors will stay for signings, and books will be on sale at a 15% discount.

I’m clearing my calendar now.