Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson to Lecture in Winchester October 24

Handley Regional Library’s One Book One Community program will host Pulitzer Prize winning author and Civil War historian, Dr. James McPherson at 7 pm at Daniel Morgan Middle School on Wednesday, October 24.

McPherson’s For Cause and Comrades:  Why Men Fought in the Civil War was selected as the one book our whole community will be reading in 2012.  After his lecture, McPherson will take questions and sign books.  Read excerpts from For Cause and Comrades on Tuesdays in October through the 23rd in The Winchester Star.

Dr. McPherson received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and was recognized in 1986 as the George Henry Davis Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. The author of 20 books and numerous other book and journal contributions about the Civil War, Dr. McPherson has spent his career developing an exceptional command of the history of that era.  Your questions about the Civil War can be submitted via the Web Chat with McPherson through The Winchester Star on Tuesday, October 9 from 10-11 am.

Leading up to Dr. McPherson’s lecture, Handley Regional Library is sponsoring two other events.  “‘To Provoke a Reply:’ Understanding the Civil War through Soldier’s Letters” will feature Jonathan Noyalas, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College.  This event will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 3 at the Handley Library Auditorium at 100 W. Piccadilly Street, Winchester.

“Readings from Civil War Diaries,” the second event in the series will highlight the words of those who lived the war.  These readings will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Old Court House Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester.

All of these events are offered at no charge to the community and questions about this program should be directed to Trish Ridgeway at 540 662-9041 ext 14, or by email at