Join us as D. Scott Hartwig takes us on a tour of Eastern Theater action when he discusses the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg and the importance of Gettysburg in the larger framework of the Civil War.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: The Gettysburg Campaign in Perspective
The Gettysburg Campaign in summer 1863 has always fascinated historians and continues to spark debate over whether the great battle fought on the green fields surrounding the small community in southern Pennsylvania was a true turning point in the four-year struggle between the North and the South.
Our guest speaker this evening, D. Scott Hartwig, will discuss the Gettysburg Campaign as a great turning point in the Civil War. He will examine the battle of Gettysburg and the outcome of the campaign in light of what it meant for both the armies engaged as well as the respective Union and Confederate governments that the two armies represented.
D. Scott Hartwig, a thirty-two-year veteran of the National Park Service, has served as Gettysburg’s chief supervisory interpretive historian for the past eighteen years. In 1993, he won the Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation for the Mid-Atlantic Region. His work at the Gettysburg National Military Park has included fundamental contributions to the growth and development of its on-site living history program as well as its distance and satellite education programs. He was also a key player in the design of the new Museum and Visitor Center.
A prolific writer, Hartwig has produced numerous articles and several important Civil War-related books. His latest, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, has garnered rave reviews from the history community and is a History Book Club selection. Hartwig is also a renowned speaker who has lectured at not only a number of prestigious Civil War gatherings but also the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.