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June 2022

Juneteenth at Rockland: Book Signing

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Rockland Estates, 9030 Sharpsburg Pike
Fairplay, MD United States
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The African American Historical Association of Western Maryland will be holding an all-day Juneteenth celebration at historic Rockland, original home of the abolitionist James W.C. Pennington, with music, storytelling, history, arts and crafts, vendors, and food. I'll be selling and signing my book, Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg. Click here for more details about the event at Rockland. This is a fundraising event for AAHAWM. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for…

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July 2022

Black Antietam Book Event

July 27 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In a live online conversation, I'll be talking about my new book Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg, with my colleague and friend Dr. Terry Scott, former Hood professor and now director of the Institute for Common Power. We'll also take audience questions. Join us for a lively and informal discussion about the often neglected topic of black participation in the Civil War and what it means for us today. The Eventbrite link for this free…

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August 2022

Rohrbach Inn Summer Series: An African American Family at the Battle of South Mountain

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jacob Rohrbach Inn, 138 W. Main Street
Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782
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Very few firsthand accounts survive of African American experiences during the Civil War in western Maryland. One of them comes from the family of Rev. Daniel Ridout, an A.M.E. circuit preacher for Frederick and Washington Counties. Living in Hancock at the beginning of the war, and then outside Burkittsville, the Ridouts had many adventures before the Battle of South Mountain, part of which happened literally in their front yard. This talk will look at how the Ridout family--mother, father, and…

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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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