Young Historians Provide Fresh Take on Civil War

Mosby Heritage Area Association’s Education Director Kevin Pawlak is focusing on up and coming historians during the nonprofit’s Feb. 12 presentation titled “Not Your Grandfather’s Civil War.”

Pawlak will lead a panel of four “twenty-something” historians who will discuss their views of key turning points during the Civil War.

Bill Backus, site manager at Bristoe Station Battlefield is co-author of “A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9-19, 1863.” Pawlak is author of “Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital.” Ryan Quint, park historian, at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, is author of the forthcoming “Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864.” Dan Welch, park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, is co-author of “The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863.”

The four historians, scholars and authors are members of the “Emerging Civil War” group, who aim to provide fresh perspectives on the war as seen from a view point of 152 years on from the conflict. The public is invited to hear more about new research and the latest opinions.

The program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unison Methodist Church at 21148 Unison Road. Built in 1832, the church served as a hospital for Union soldiers, whose graffiti scribbled on the walls during their convalescence following the November 1862 Battle of Unison can still be seen today.

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