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“The Maryland Campaign as You’ve Never Heard It Before” at November Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

“The Maryland Campaign as You’ve Never Heard It Before” will be the topic of Dr. Thomas Clemens at the November 18 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. The presentation will focus on post-war letters soldiers wrote about the battle of Sharpsburg. These letters come from the Antietam Studies files in the National Archives and the John Gould Papers in Darthmouth NH and were used by Antietam’s first historian Ezra Carman in his efforts to explain the battle. They highlight aspects and incidents of the campaign that are unknown to many people.

Dr. Clemens is a professor of history at Hagerstown Community College and a long-time teacher and student of the Civil War. He holds a BA and MA from Salisbury University, and a Doctorate from George Mason University. Studying under the renowned Dr. Joseph Harsh, he wrote his dissertation on Ezra A. Carman’s manuscript history of the Maryland Campaign of September 1862. The first volume of his edited and annotated edition was published in 2010, and the second volume should appear in 2012.
Dr. Clemens has authored numerous Civil War articles, wrote a book review column for America’s Civil War and has spoken at many Civil War Round Tables and various seminars. Tom appeared as an on-screen historian in several History Channel programs and currently serves as President of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, a non-profit battlefield preservation organization. A 30+ year volunteer at Antietam National Battlefield, Tom is also a licensed tour guide there.

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 $20.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Tuesday, November 15, by calling 717-938-3706. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.

For more information, contact Douglas Gibboney, HCWRT vice president, 717-243-1738.