Following our traditional summer hiatus, the General Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table will meet on Sept. 12, shortly before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. This battle is frequently cited as one of the most significant events in American history. It not only gave the Union a much-needed victory after a string of Confederate successes, but it gave Abraham Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
The meeting will begin with a half-hour DVD from the Great Courses Series about the Battle of Antietam. The presenter is Dr. Edward T. O’Donnell, an associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass. He is active in the field of public history and has provided insight for programs on the History Channel, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. O’Donnell’s books include his comprehenisve “Vision of America: A History of the United States.”
Following the DVD, David Frey will lead a roundtable discussion. During this session we will explore the military, political and cultural consequences of the battle. Later in the meeting, if time permits, we will have an open discussion of any other areas of interest to participants in the Round Table.