Free Book Talks



BOOK TALKS are held on Sundays
at 1:30 p.m.

Please check back as we add our book talks for 2017!

April 30       1:30 p.m.; Free Join us for a free book talk with Author James Gindlesperger on his latest book "Arlington: A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

This book tells the stories of 250 different people buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each entry is accompanied by a color photograph and GPS coordinate to aid in location. The entries are about battlefield heroes, people who survived the war to achieve major accomplishments, the well-known like President John Kennedy, the unknown soldiers, and the lesser-known who still led fascinating lives.

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May 7
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Charles A.  Mills on his latest book "The Civil War Wedding" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

The Civil War Wedding, an entertaining look at the customs and superstitions of weddings during the Civil War era. Includes: Courtship, Engagements, Love Letters, Clothing, Superstitions, The Ceremony, Festivities, The Honeymoon, Famous Civil War Couples, and more....

 May 7
May 21
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Dan Verner on his book "Diamond Duty" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

In the spring of 1861, nineteen-year-old Caleb Dillard leaves his bride of a few months to fight for the Confederacy with the Eighth Virginia Infantry Regiment, but his part of the war only lasts ten minutes as he and some of his comrades are captured near Fairfax Courthouse and put in the Old Capitol Prison. There he not only experiences the difficulties and comradeship with his fellow soldiers, but also learns to play baseball, a game the Union soldiers took with them during the war. Caleb’s team not only play their guards, but also other military teams and some local professional teams, including the Washington Nationals. Diamond Duty will appeal to baseball fans and Civil War buffs alike, and readers will find the same warmth of characterization and steady pulse of events in this book that they found in Dan Verner’s Beyond the Blue Horizon series.

 

 

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June 11
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Ryan Quint on his book "Determined to Stand and Fight" at 1:30 p.m.

 About the Book:
Determined to Stand and Fight by Ryan T. Quint tells the story of that pivotal day and an even more pivotal campaign that went right to the gates of Washington, D.C. Readers can enjoy the narrative and then easily follow along on a nine-stop driving tour around the battlefield and into the streets of historic Frederick. Another fascinating title from the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series.

Biography:

Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington, and is a seasonal park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. His Civil War interests focus on the Union armies and Jubal Early’s 1864 invasion of Maryland.

 June 11
June 25
1:30 p.m.; Free
 Join us for a free book talk with Tom Clemens on his book "The Maryland Campaign of September 8162" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vol. III: The Battle of Shepherdstown and the End of the Campaign, concludes the most comprehensive and detailed account of the campaign ever produced.  Jammed with firsthand accounts, personal anecdotes, detailed footnotes, maps, and photos, this long-awaited study will be appreciated as Civil War history at its finest.

About the Author:  Thomas G. Clemens earned his doctoral degree at George Mason University, where he studied under Maryland Campaign historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh.  Tom has published a wide variety of magazine articles and book reviews, has appeared in several documentary programs, and is a licensed tour guide at Antietam National Battlefield.  A retired professor from Hagerstown Community College, he also helped found and is the current president of Save Historic Antietam  is the current president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc., a preservation group dedicated to saving historic properties.

 

 June 25
August 6
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with David T. Gilbert on his book "Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" at 1:30 p.m.

From the “First Battle of Bull Run” to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House four years later, this book celebrates the history and scenic beauty of these hallowed grounds in a large-format, beautifully produced volume.
 
Explore more than thirty Civil War battlefields— from Antietam to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg to Shiloh—including the first five national battlefield parks preserved by veterans in the 1890s. Each battlefield features extensive photos of the key sites and monuments, as well as beautiful landscapes and historic archival photography. The essays enable the reader to understand each battlefield from a strategic perspective—its topography, geography, and military value—the battle’s seminal moments, and its historical significance, and guide the reader on how best to tour the grounds on foot.
 
With maps, rarely seen archival photos, and stunning contemporary photography, this photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for Civil War and history buffs, as well as those who wish to walk in the literal boot steps of American history.
 August 6