July 2015 Meeting – Brian Matthew Jordan

Join us on July 14 when our speaker, historian Brian Matthew Jordan, explores Union veterans who won the war but couldn’t take the peace.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., July 14, 2015

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

“Marching Home” will explore Union veterans: the men who won the war, but couldn’t bear the peace that followed. Tending to a staggering litany of physical, psychological, and emotional wounds; believing that the war had hardly settled the sectional conflict; and incensed by a cold reception from civilians back home, Union veterans lived on the margins of post–Civil War society. Jordan’s talk will illustrate the tortured postwar existence of the victors—and reveal just how ideologically and infrastructurally ill-equipped Northern civilians and the federal government were to receive them.

Brian Matthew Jordan is a cultural historian of the Civil War era and book review editor for the Civil War Monitor. He has addressed Civil War Round Tables across the country. He earned his Ph.D. in history in 2013 from Yale University, where his dissertation earned both the George Washington Egleston Prize (for Best U.S. History Dissertation) and the John Addison Porter Prize (one of Yale’s highest academic honors). Jordan’s more than forty articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in Civil War History, The New York Times, and The Journal of the Civil War Era, among others. His most recent book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, was published by W. W. Norton in January 2015. It has earned national review attention, with reviews in the Washington Post and in the Wall Street Journal. Jordan is currently at work on a major biography of Ben Butler and will begin teaching at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas, this fall.


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