TROY Library continues Civil War series

Posted: Friday, 02 March 2012

TROY – Troy University Library continues its Civil War series Monday, March. 5 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

"Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" is a five-part reading and discussion series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and local sponsors and developed by the American Library Association. Dr. David Carlson, assistant professor of history at TROY, will lead discussions and moderate each session. The first session was Jan. 23.

Monday's session, "Making Sense of Shiloh," will include discussion of selections from the anthology "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries."

According to Social Science Librarian John Phil McLaney, Jr., who's helping coordinate the series, the specific readings will include selections written by Ambrose Bierce, Ulysses Grant, Shelby Foote, Bobbie Ann Mason and Confederate General Braxton Bragg's May 3, 1862 speech to the Army of the Mississippi.

Each of the remaining discussion events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on April 2 and April 30. The discussions will center around books "March" by Geraldine Brooks, "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam" by James McPherson and "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversary," an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies and short stories edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers and co-published by NEH and ALA.

McLaney said those books are available for checkout at the Troy University Library, Troy Public Library and Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge, and for purchase at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the Troy Campus.

Local support for the series is provided by the following organizations: Troy University, Troy Public Library, Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, Troy Civil War Forum, Elizabeth B. Bashinsky Chapter No. 236, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Chaplain Stephen A. Pilley Chapter No. 302, Military Order of the Stars & Bars, Pike County Historical & Genealogical Society, Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Conecuh River Depot Military Museum, Barbour County Genealogical & Local History Society, Private Augustus Braddy Camp 385, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Troy Broadcasting Corporation (WTBF), On the Bookshelf, and Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

Dr. Carlson earned a doctorate in history at Emory University and is the co-author of "Plain Folk in a Rich Man's War: Class Dissent in Confederate Georgia," written with David and Teresa Williams.

A website has been developed for registration and other information for the series. To learn more, visit on the world wide web, or email McLaney at

Bob McLendon

Dressed in a period Confederate uniform, Bob McLendon, a military historian and owner of the Conecuh River Depot museum at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, discusses Civil War history as part of Troy University Library's "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War," a five-part reading and discussion series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the conflict. The third installment of the series is Monday, March 5 on the Troy Campus.(TROY photo/Cass Davis)