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February McCauley Lecture

February McCauley Lecture
Image of battlefield with fences in the morning mist with program title and date in typewriter font

Fletcher Branch Library
Community Room 308/309
100 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-3250 ext 350

McCauley Lecture Series

February 3, 2019 @ 7 PM: “African American Soldiers in the Civil War in Western Maryland" presented by Emilie Amt

Focusing on African American civilians in western Maryland and nearby areas, this talk will explore the experiences of men and women of color, both enslaved and free, during the American Civil War. What did the war mean to them? How did they participate in it? What opportunities and dangers did it bring? The lecture will also look briefly at the more than one hundred black men from Washington County who served in the Union Army.

Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of history at Hood College in Frederick and has published numerous books and articles on medieval history. Since 2010, her historical research has focused on African Americans in Washington County in the era of slavery. She is currently writing two books, one on slavery in the county and one on the African American experience of the battle of Antietam.

This event is free to attend. For a complete list of lectures in this series, visit the McCauley Lecture page here