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2023 Lessons in History Presentation with David O. Stewart

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for our 202 Lessons in History presentation with author David O. Stewart on May 6, 2023, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. David O. Stewart will discuss his book The Burning Land:  When the Family Goes to War, and the War Comes Home, where he will explore issues he confronted in writing a book that looks at the war "from the bottom up," from the perspective of an ordinary soldier in the Union Army, one who starts as a private in the much-heralded Twentieth Maine regiment.

The Burning Land:  When the Family Goes to War, and the War Comes Home – Writing a Civil War novel inspired by an ancestor’s long and tragic service in the Twentieth Maine Infantry meant considering how war changes soldiers, those closest to them, and communities.  Learning about the experiences of an ordinary soldier involves examining written records and interpreting the external forces at work on the soldiers, as well as their responses to them.  Through the years, the impacts of combat on soldiers have been called “soldier’s heart” and “shell shock,” “battle fatigue” and “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Each term reflects an effort to understand the consequences of facing death, and of performing acts that most have been taught never to perform, impacts that can echo through the lives of the soldiers and those they love. Sometimes fiction can bring those difficult matters closer for readers.

About the Author: A recovering lawyer and proud graduate of Curtis High School on Staten Island, David Stewart has published five books of history and four historical novels. His most recent nonfiction work, George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father, has won several awards and is a finalist for Mount Vernon’s George Washington Prize.  His most recent novel, The New Land, is inspired by family stories his mother told and is the first of a trilogy. He lives in Maryland with his wife of 48 years, Nancy; they have three children and five grandchildren.

The 2023 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries. The National Civil War Museum will follow CDC and OSHA/HHS guidance as well as orders and recommendations from federal/state/local governments and our state and local health officials.


May 6
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The National Civil War Museum
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Harrisburg, PA 17103 United States
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