Civil War historian to speak twice at SUNY Oswego

A historian of the Civil War will speak April 27 and 28 at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center, first on women as historians and then on the 16th Connecticut Regiment.

Dr. Lesley J. Gordon is a professor of history at the University of Akron and the newly named editor of the journal Civil War History.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, she will talk about “State of the Field: Women Historians and the American Civil War.” Her talk in Room 132 will be this spring’s final presentation in SUNY Oswego’s Ernst & Young Lecture Series on Women and Work.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Gordon will be the featured speaker at the history department’s awards ceremony. The title of that talk, in Room 114, is “So Much Suffering: The 16th Connecticut Regiment in War and Memory.”

The infantry regiment that she will discuss was only two weeks off the trains from Connecticut and lacking military preparation when it was thrown into battle at Antietam, according to the Civil War in the East website. The soldiers had loaded their muskets for the first time the day before the battle. Out of 779 engaged at Antietam, the regiment accounted 43 killed, 161 wounded and 204 captured or missing in the battle and its aftermath.

Both of Gordon’s presentations will be open to the public free of charge. Parking will be free on campus for those attending these events.

Gordon is the author of the book “General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend,” published by the University of North Carolina Press, as well as several articles and book reviews. Kirkus Reviews called the Pickett biography “a unique look at one of the most famous Confederate generals, and at how his wife built and controlled his memory after his death.”

Gordon also co-edited the book “Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives,” published by Oxford University Press, which Library Journal called a “fascinating collection of essays.”

She also co-edited “Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas,” published by Louisiana State University Press, and co-authored “This Terrible War: The Civil War and Its Aftermath,” published by Longman.

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(Posted: Apr 13, 2011)

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