“Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home To Fight as Confederate Soldiers” with Tom McMillan
Tom McMillan’s book, Gettysburg Rebels is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army - and returned "home" as foreign invaders for the great battle in July 1863. Drawing on rarely-seen documents and family histories, as well as military service records, courthouse records, newspaper clippings and contemporary accounts, McMillan delves into the backgrounds of Wesley Culp, Henry Wentz and the little-known Hoffman brothers in a riveting tale of Civil War drama and intrigue. His discovery of a six-page, hand-written “Story of Wesley Culp,” written by Wesley’s niece, sheds new light on the traditional Culp story known by Gettysburg visitors.
About the speaker:
Tom McMillan works in sports but his passion is history – especially Civil War history. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, and on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation. He also volunteers as a tour guide at the Civil War Room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, Pa. More than 31 members of his family tree served in the Union Army during the Civil War, including eight members of the 62nd Pennsylvania who fought in The Wheatfield at Gettysburg. McMillan’s previous book was Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11. His day job is vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. McMillan grew up near Pittsburgh and earned a journalism degree from Point Park University. He and his wife, Colleen, are regular visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield.
The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.