Gettysburg anniversary commemorated Thursday
The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library commemorate the sesquicentennial of the U.S. Civil War's greatest battle during a Thursday, April 11, lecture. The program "Reflecting on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1863," featuring History Professor Dr. Sandra Moats, begins at 7 p.m. in the Overlook Lounge on the second floor of the library.
Moats said the fact that the battle took place in southern Pennsylvania and that it amounted to a repudiation of General Robert E. Lee's war strategy make the Battle of Gettysburg a fascinating historical event.
"Gettysburg should be remembered as one of the most important battles of the Civil War, if not the most important, because it was the only battle of the war to occur in the North," Moats stated. "Plus, it reflected Lee's aggressive--and ultimately unsuccessfuldetermination to move the war North, force the Union to surrender, and end the war in the South's favor."
Moats said her presentation will discuss the monumental events that took place at Gettysburg and what issues remained unresolved even a century and a half after the last rifle was fired and the last cannon fell silent.
Dr. Moats specializes in the history of the early American republic. Her book, "Celebrating the Republic: Presidential Ceremony and Popular Sovereignty from Washington to Monroe," was published by Northern Illinois University Press in December 2009. She is currently engaged in research on a book about George Washington and his stance for neutrality in foreign affairs.This program is free and open to the public. For more information about the Friends of the UW-Parkside Library organization and membership, call 262-595-2356.