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September 2022

Black Antietam Book Talk & Signing

September 8 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sharpsburg Library, 106 E Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 United States
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Black Antietam book talk and signing: How did African Americans experience the Battle of Antietam? Although the battle was a turning point in black history—leading to the Emancipation Proclamation—its affect on local African Americans has rarely been studied. This talk will explore stories of black eyewitnesses, both enslaved and free, to the terrible events of September 17, 1862. I'll share highlights from my new book, Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg. Copies of the book will…

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October 2022

Black Eyewitnesses of the Battle of Antietam

October 15 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Newcomer Farm, 18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, MD 21756 United States
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This free, family-friendly event will take place on the porch of the historic Newcomer House, on Antietam National Battlefield. I'll be talking about how African Americans, both enslaved and free, experienced the Battle of Antietam. I'll focus on people who were living at places around the battlefield that visitors can stop by today. The talk will be given twice, once at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. If you bring your own copy of my book Black Antietam: African Americans…

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November 2022

McCauley Lecture: Black Men in the Union Army at Antietam

November 7 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Community Room, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States
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In 1862, before the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union Army did not yet enlist black men as soldiers. But black men served in noncombatant roles throughout the military: as laborers, mule drivers, horse handlers, cooks, and servants. Many of them were free men from the North, but many were escaping from slavery in the South. This talk will tell the stories of some of these men who were present in units that fought at Antietam, including a few who came from…

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