Lee and McClellan Subject of Antietam Anniversary Talks
Antietam National Battlefield will host two talks by nationally known historians that will examine the opposing commanders in the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Edwin Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the national Park Service will discuss " Lee in the Maryland Campaign" at 7pm, Friday, September 14 in the auditorium of the Visitor Center. Bearss is well known to audiences around the country for his talks at Civil War Round Tables and seminars; and for his appearances on Ken Burns' PBS documentary - The Civil War, The History Channel's Civil War Journal , and C - Span. He will examine various aspects of Lee's leadership, including his reasons for invading Maryland and his generalship at the Battle of Sharpsburg.
At 7pm, Saturday, September 15, in the Visitor Center auditorium, historian Ethan Rafuse will speak on "McClellan in the Maryland Campaign". Rafuse is a former instructor at West Point and currently teaches at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of a number of books on the Civil War, including the critically acclaimed McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union. Historians have traditionally viewed McClellan's role in the Maryland Campaign as one of bungling failure. Rafuse will re - evaluate that view and point the positive moves the general made that nearly brought about complete Union victory against Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his army.
There is no charge for either talk. However, seating is limited so reservations must be made by calling 301-432-5124.
POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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