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Harrisburg CWRT to present “Fredericksburg – the Battlefield and Beyond”

On Friday May 31st, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have for our Wilbur S. Nye Memorial Lecture, Dr. George C. Rable. Professor Rable, the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, will speak to us on “Fredericksburg – the Battlefield and Beyond”.

Dr. Rable’s talk takes a new approach to Civil War military history by examining the battle of Fredericksburg in the widest possible context. Why has this major battle been relatively neglected by historians? Why does Fredericksburg deserve more attention? Dr. Rable will not only answer these questions by examining the political context of the battle, by assessing some key strategic and tactical decisions, but also, by looking at the experiences of the common soldier and especially by arguing that the aftermath of any battle is just as important as the battle itself. In many ways, Fredericksburg was a Confederate victory but a Union story, and therefore, the talk concludes with a consideration of how the Army of the Potomac proved so resilient after a horrific defeat.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Dr. Rable received his B.A from Bluffton College and his Masters and Doctorate from Louisiana State University where he studied under T. Harry Williams. He taught at Anderson University in Indiana from 1979-1998. From 2004-2008, Dr. Rable served as the President of the Society of Civil War Historians. He has written many books, among them include: Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!  which won the Lincoln Prize, the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in American Military History, the Jefferson Davis Award, the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award and was a History Book Club selection. The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics, was a History Book Club selection. Civil Wars:  Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism, which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize and the Jefferson Davis Award. Also, the book titled But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction. His latest book is God’s Almost Chosen Peoples:  A Religious History of the American Civil War, which has won the 2011 Jefferson Davis Award.

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 6:45. The cost of dinner is $22.00 and reservations must be made no later than 9 PM Tuesday, May 28th, by calling 717-561-0613 or email The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.

Contact Tom Kerstetter at  717-574-5797