1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park
Myths and mistakes have been part of the story of the Civil War ever since the war itself. Indeed, even as the war unfolded, participants engaged in reputation protection, misunderstandings and intentional myth-making. Later, historians, authors, filmmakers and others propagated myth and injected error into known events which conspire to make historical truths elusive. Join Garry Adelman, chief historian of the American Battlefield Trust for a lively discussion of the well-known and little-known myths and mistakes that drive many Civil War enthusiasts crazy. From humanity to calamity, bravery to slavery, and secession to putrefaction, we’ll try to sort fact from fiction and have a bit of fun in the process!
Garry Adelman is the Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust. He is an award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 25 years. He has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country, has appeared as a speaker on numerous televised documentaries.
The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.