Gettysburg: The Most Important Event of 1863?

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For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2013
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Gettysburg: The Most Important Event of 1863?

The Battle of Gettysburg marked the South's high-water mark in bringing the Civil War to the Northern states.

But after three days of fighting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was unable to dislodge federal troops around the Pennsylvania town. His troops suffered an estimated 23,000 casualties - a third of his fighting force.

Beyond the chaos of the battle itself, what was the impact of Gettysburg on the greater Civil War? A roundtable of experts from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth address the question in Gettysburg: The Most Important Event of 1863? on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Participants include:
Ethan S. Rafuse, professor of military history and author of several books about the Civil War, including A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas; McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union; Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865; and Stonewall Jackson: A Biography. Previously,  he has spoken at the Library on "Fighting" Joe Hooker, Stonewall Jackson, and the attack on Fort Sumter.
Terry Beckenbaugh, associate professor of military history. Previously he has appeared at the Library to discuss the politics of the Civil War and the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
Gregory S. Hospodor, associate professor of military history, was named CGSC's Teacher of the Year for 2011. A frequent speaker at the Library, he has made presentations on the Vicksburg campaign, the Battle of Shiloh, and the Battle of Antietam.

Randy Mullis, associate professor of military history. Earlier this year he spoke at the Library on the Sack of Lawrence and the Guerilla War.

This program is part of the Library's Civil War Sesquicentennial series, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.  

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