Talkin’ Gettysburg

BC Civil War Event Delves Into Major Battle

Posted: April 1, 2013

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story included the incorrect date for this year's Civil War Institute at Bridgewater College. The current version includes the correct date, which is April 20.

BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College’s annual Civil War Institute on April 20 will delve into various aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought 150 years ago this July.


“The battle played such a dominant role in the outcome of the war. I thought it would be the perfect year to have Gettysburg as the theme,” said Nick Picerno, the institute’s co-founder and BC’s police chief.


The battle, fought in Gettysburg, Pa., from July 1 to July 3, 1863, ended in victory for the Union, and was the last major incursion into the Northern states by Confederate forces. Although the Civil War would continue for nearly two more years, most historians consider Gen. Robert E. Lee’s defeat at Gettysburg the turning point in the war.


The event at Bridgewater College is free and open to the public. People are invited to attend any or all of the four lectures scheduled April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


No reservations are required.


Speakers this year are George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md.; Wayne Motts, chief executive officer of The National Museum of Civil War History in Harrisburg, Pa.; BC history professor Stephen Longenecker; and David Smith, a historian and author who consults for the Pentagon’s Operational Energy Plans and Program Office.


Topics to be covered are the Union’s medical challenges (Wunderlich); the climactic assault on the federal line on the final day of the three-day battle known as Pickett’s Charge (Motts); the Gettysburg community (Longenecker); and the capture of African-Americans (Smith).


The institute will be in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall (Room 100) of the McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics. Parking is available behind the building.


For more information on the annual Civil War Institute, call institute co-founder Nick Picerno at 828-5761.


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