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Famed army scholar talks on the Siege of Petersburg at the Sept. 25 meeting of the Harrisburg CWRT

Dr. Richard J. Sommers will discuss “Petersburg: the Strategic Siege,” at the Friday, September 25, meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. Sommers, a nationally recognized expert on the American Civil War, is the author of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg which won the National Historical Society’s Bell Wiley Prize. Sommers’ talk will act as a prelude for the round table’s field trip to Petersburg on October 3 and 4.
Dr. Sommers serves as senior historian at the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, where he has worked for nearly four decades. Since 1971, he has been an active member of the Harrisburg Round Table, having served as president, on the board of directors and program chairman. Dr. Sommers is a life member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and frequent speaker before history-minded groups around the country. A graduate of Carleton College, he earned his doctorate from Rice University.
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, September 22, by calling 717-938-3706. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.
Contact Douglas Gibboney, Publicity Chairperson, for further information @ 717-243-1738.