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Author to speak on the first two black Union regiments

Author Stephen V. Ash will discuss his latest book, Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War, at the Friday, June 12, meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. Ash’s talk, entitled “Making War on Slavery: The Unknown Story of the Florida Expedition of 1863,” focuses on the First and Second South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, the very first black regiments mustered into the Union army. Composed largely of the freed slaves,these regiments captured Jacksonville, Florida, in 1863 and helped convince Abraham Lincoln to expand the enlistment of African-Americans.
Ash is a professor of history at the University of Tennessee. Although a California native, he lived for many years in Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee. His other books include When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865 (1995); and A Year in the South: 1865: The True Story of Four Ordinary People Who Lived Through the Most Tumultuous Twelve Months in American History (2004).
The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30. The cost of dinner is $20.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Tuesday, June 9, by calling 717-737-9064. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.
Contact Douglas Gibboney, Publicity Chairperson, for further information at 717-243-1738.