Free Book Talks


September 2, 2018
September Mourn, The Dunker Church of Antietam; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Terry Barkley on the book September Mourn, The Dunker Church of Antietam.

About the Book

The Dunker Church is one of the most iconic structures of the American Civil War. Surprisingly, few people know much if anything about its fascinating story or the role it played within the community of Sharpsburg and its importance during and after the Battle of Antietam. September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam by Alann D. Schmidt and Terry W. Barkley rectifies this oversight in the first book-length study of its kind.

About the Author

Terry Barkley retired in 2012 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA) at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois. That year, under the auspices of the Brethren Historical Committee, Barkley delivered the 150th anniversary commemorative lecture on the Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield at Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren in St. Louis. Terry previously served as archivist and museum curator at Bridgewater College in Virginia, a Brethren-related institution. He holds degrees and a graduate certificate from the University of North Alabama, The Citadel, University of Alabama, and Harvard University.

 Terry is an independent scholar and musician who lives in Lexington, Virginia. This is his fourth book. 

September 9, 2018
The Maps of Fredericksburg; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried on the book The Maps of Fredericksburg - An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Calvary Operations, September 1862 - January 1863.

About the Book

The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 - January 22, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his sixth book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series.

About the Author

Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University. Brad, who is recently retired, worked in higher education for more than four decades, beginning as a full-time faculty member and ending as president of the College of Southern Maryland. He also serves as a board member of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust. Brad and his wife Linda have four children and five grandchildren. The Gottfrieds divide their time between their homes on Cobb Island, Maryland, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has recently finished his manuscript on The Maps of Spotsylvania, North Anna, and Cold Harbor Campaigns. An avid Civil War historian, Dr. Gottfried is the author of eleven books, including Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade (1999), Brigades of Gettysburg (2002), Kearny’s Own: The History of the First New Jersey Brigade (2005), and five previous Savas Beatie Military Atlas Titles (First Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station/Mine Run, and Wilderness). Brad is currently finalizing (with Theodore P. Savas) The Gettysburg Campaign Encyclopedia.

October 21, 2018
To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Authors Rob Orrison and Kevin Pawlak on the book To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaing, 1862.

About the Book

Historians Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak trace the routes both armies traveled during the Maryland Campaign, ultimately coming to a climactic blow on the banks of Antietam Creek. That clash on September 17, 1862, to this day remains the bloodiest single day in American history.

About the Author

Rob Orrison and Bill Backus both researched and led the interpretation for the Bristoe Station battlefield. Rob, a contributor to Emerging Civil War, has been working in the history field for more than 20 years. He currently oversees day-to-day operations of municipal historic site program in Virginia. 

Kevin Pawlak is the Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Kevin also serves on the advisory board at Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. The History Press published his first book, Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital, in 2015. He is a 2014 graduate of Shepherd University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America. Kevin is a regular contributor to Emerging Civil War.