Friday, April 8, 2011

"U.S. Grant Returns to Mississippi" with John Marszalek

Meet our Speaker: Dr. John Marszalek

An alumnus of Buffalo's Canisius College and the University of Notre Dame, Dr. John F. Marszalek taught at Gannon University in Erie, PA. before going to Mississippi State University in 1973 where he became a W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of History in 1994, and retired as Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2002. A specialist in the U. S. Civil War, the Jacksonian Period, and race relations, he is the author or editor of thirteen books and over 300 articles and book reviews. He has lectured widely throughout the nation and has appeared on all the major broadcast and cable networks, as well as radio stations throughout the nation. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Richard Wright Literary Award for life-time achievement by a Mississippi author and the B.L.C. Wailes Award for national distinction in history.

Dr. Marszalek is the executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, co-executive director of the Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum, the Lincoln Prize, and the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. From 2007-2008, he served as president of the Mississippi Historical Society.

He is best known for his award winning books:
Sherman, A Soldier's Passion for Order , a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and a History Book Club selection,The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House, also a History Book Club selection,The Diary of Miss Emma Holmes, 1861-1866, Sherman’s Other War: The General and the Civil War Press, Commander of All Lincoln's Armies, A Life of General Henry W. Halleck
a History Book Club selection and a finalist for the 2005 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, Sherman's March to the Sea, A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow, South Carolina's George Washington Murray, and he co-edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights'

A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Dr. Marszalek is married to the former Jeanne Kozmer, and they are the parents of three grown sons and have four grandchildren.

Follow the Civil War Sesquicentennial On-line

If you have access to the Internet, you can follow the events each day of what happened 150 years ago in both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both of the papers are offering great articles on the Civil War and these are absolutely free. The New York Times web site is and just click on Opinion then Opinionator and Disunion and you will find a listing of the articles. The Washington Post address is and then go to house-divided.

Kentucky Sesquicentennial Events

April 8-9: Civil War Seminar, Winchester.

April 10: Gravestone dedication, United States Colored Troops, Simpsonville.

September 1-4: Cornets and Cannons Civil War Sesquicentennial Music Festival, Frankfort.

Cornets and Cannons Civil War Sesquicentennial Music Festival

The City of Frankfort, Kentucky, will host a unique observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Cornets and Cannons Civil War Sesquicentennial Music Festival will celebrate the music of the War Between the States. Outstanding ensembles and solo performers from across the eastern United States will be in Kentucky’s capital city for this event on September 1-4, 2011.
The Festival will begin on the evening of Thursday, September 1 with an opening ceremony and a program about the history of Civil War era music at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Festival concerts will begin on Friday with a performance on the lawn of the Old State Capitol by the Wildcat Band from Pennsylvania. On Friday evening, Saxton’s Cornet Band – Frankfort’s hometown Civil War ensemble – will perform in the Grand Theatre. Performances will continue Saturday and Sunday with a “battle of the bands” as the climax of the event on Sunday afternoon. This joint performance will be at Frankfort’s new Ward Oates Amphitheatre overlooking the Kentucky River. Cannons will join the horns, fifes, and drums in a dramatic – and loud – closing concert.

All Cornets and Cannons events will be free. Details about the performers, presenting scholars, and venues are at the event website –

Silent Auction of Fort Sumter Flag at April Meeting

We will conclude the silent auction of a flag that has flown over Fort Sumter and was donated by National Park Historian Rick Hatcher. This is a reproduction of the first Confederate flag that flew over the fort after the surrender on April 13, 1861. This flag will be won just three days from the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.

2010 – 2011 Dates

Saturday April 9 John Marszalek “Grant Returns to Mississippi”

Saturday May 14 Jeffrey Wert “Jeb Stuart”

Saturday September 7 Joe Reinhart “ McCook’s Dutchmen: The 9th Ohio Infantry”

Saturday October 8 Larry Hewitt “Bragg and His Calvary”

Saturday November 12 Glenn LaFantasie “The Rise of U.S. Grant”

Saturday December 3 Sam Elliot “Tennessee Governor Isham Harris”

Saturday February 11 Michael Bradley “TBA”

Saturday March 10 Gary Gallagher “TBA”

Saturday April 14 Ari Hoogenboom “TBA”

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