Free Book Talks



BOOK TALKS are held on Sundays
at 1:30 p.m.

Please check back as we add our book talks for 2017!

March 12
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Douglas Crenshaw latest book The Battle of Glendale" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

By late June 1862, the Union army, under George B. McClellan, stood at the doorstep of Richmond. In a desperate hour for the Confederate capital, Robert E. Lee attacked McClellan and drove the Union army into a full retreat toward the safety of the James River. Lee recognized an opportunity to seal a decisive victory and commanded his Army of Northern Virginia to prevent the Union forces from retreating. A.P. Hill, James Longstreet and "Stonewall" Jackson were among those who engaged in the harrowing day of battle during the Seven Days’ Campaign. Author Douglas Crenshaw details the dramatic Battle of Glendale in the Civil War.

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March 19
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Noah Andre Trudeau on his latest book "Lincoln's Greatest Journey" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

March 1865: The United States was at a crossroads and, truth be told, Abraham Lincoln was a sick man. "I am very unwell," he confided to a close acquaintance. A vast and terrible civil war was winding down, leaving momentous questions for a war-weary president to address. A timely invitation from General U. S. Grant provided the impetus for an escape to City Point, Virginia, a journey from which Abraham Lincoln drew much more than he ever expected. Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24 – April 8, 1865, by Noah Andre Trudeau offers the first comprehensive account of a momentous time.

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April 2
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Michael J. McCarthy on his latest book "Confederate Waterloo" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

"It could be classified as a mere skirmish, but no other fight of the entire four years’ struggle was followed by such important consequences," explained former Confederate General Thomas Munford years after the Civil War. "It extinguished the campfires of the hitherto invincible army and was the mortal blow which caused the Southern Confederacy to perish forever." The Battle of Five Forks broke the long siege of Petersburg, triggered the evacuation of Richmond, precipitated the Appomattox Campaign, and destroyed the careers and reputations of two generals. Michael J. McCarthy’s Confederate Waterloo is the first fully researched and unbiased book-length account of this decisive Union victory and the aftermath fought in the courts and at the bar of public opinion.

 April 2
April 9
1:30 p.m.; Free
 Join us for a free book talk with Author Charlene C. Giannetti on her book "The Plantations of Virginia" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:
Southern plantations are an endless source of fascination.  That's no surprise since these palatial homes are rich in history, representing a pivotal time in U.S. history that truly is "gone with the wind." With the Civil War literally exploding all around, many of these homes were occupied either by Confederate or Union troops.  Nowhere else I the south were plantations so affected by the nation's bloodiest war than in Virginia.  At times, families fled, leaving behind slaves to manage the property.  There are still more than 60 plantations in Virginia today, most of them open to the public.  Some have been restored, others undergoing the process.  If only walls could talk, the stories we might hear!
 May 21
April 30       1:30 p.m.; Free Join us for a free book talk with Author James Gindlesperger on his latest book "Arlington: A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

This book tells the stories of 250 different people buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each entry is accompanied by a color photograph and GPS coordinate to aid in location. The entries are about battlefield heroes, people who survived the war to achieve major accomplishments, the well-known like President John Kennedy, the unknown soldiers, and the lesser-known who still led fascinating lives.

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May 7
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Charles A.  Mills on his latest book "The Civil War Wedding" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

The Civil War Wedding, an entertaining look at the customs and superstitions of weddings during the Civil War era. Includes: Courtship, Engagements, Love Letters, Clothing, Superstitions, The Ceremony, Festivities, The Honeymoon, Famous Civil War Couples, and more....

 May 7
May 21
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Dan Verner on his book "Diamond Duty" at 1:30 p.m.

About the Book:

In the spring of 1861, nineteen-year-old Caleb Dillard leaves his bride of a few months to fight for the Confederacy with the Eighth Virginia Infantry Regiment, but his part of the war only lasts ten minutes as he and some of his comrades are captured near Fairfax Courthouse and put in the Old Capitol Prison. There he not only experiences the difficulties and comradeship with his fellow soldiers, but also learns to play baseball, a game the Union soldiers took with them during the war. Caleb’s team not only play their guards, but also other military teams and some local professional teams, including the Washington Nationals. Diamond Duty will appeal to baseball fans and Civil War buffs alike, and readers will find the same warmth of characterization and steady pulse of events in this book that they found in Dan Verner’s Beyond the Blue Horizon series.

 

 

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June 11
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with Author Ryan Quint on his book "Determined to Stand and Fight" at 1:30 p.m.

 About the Book:
Determined to Stand and Fight by Ryan T. Quint tells the story of that pivotal day and an even more pivotal campaign that went right to the gates of Washington, D.C. Readers can enjoy the narrative and then easily follow along on a nine-stop driving tour around the battlefield and into the streets of historic Frederick. Another fascinating title from the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series.

Biography:

Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington, and is a seasonal park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. His Civil War interests focus on the Union armies and Jubal Early’s 1864 invasion of Maryland.

 June 11
August 6
1:30 p.m.; Free
Join us for a free book talk with David T. Gilbert on his book "Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" at 1:30 p.m.

From the “First Battle of Bull Run” to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House four years later, this book celebrates the history and scenic beauty of these hallowed grounds in a large-format, beautifully produced volume.
 
Explore more than thirty Civil War battlefields— from Antietam to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg to Shiloh—including the first five national battlefield parks preserved by veterans in the 1890s. Each battlefield features extensive photos of the key sites and monuments, as well as beautiful landscapes and historic archival photography. The essays enable the reader to understand each battlefield from a strategic perspective—its topography, geography, and military value—the battle’s seminal moments, and its historical significance, and guide the reader on how best to tour the grounds on foot.
 
With maps, rarely seen archival photos, and stunning contemporary photography, this photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for Civil War and history buffs, as well as those who wish to walk in the literal boot steps of American history.
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