Battle of Gettysburg subject of lecture this week
The 2013 Civil War Scholars Lecture Series program, “On a Great Battlefield: The Making and Memory of Gettysburg,” will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Murray. The lecture is based on her forthcoming book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933 – 2013. She is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia-Wise and is one of the country’s leading scholars in area of history versus historical memory, and how historical memory influences battlefield interpretation and preservation.
West Virginia Union troops were involved in significant fights all three days of the battle. Soldiers from the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry were part of Buford's initial defensive line in July 1. The 7th West Virginia Infantry was part of Carroll's brigade that held off a late Confederate breakthrough on East Cemetery Hill the evening of July 2. Troops from Battery C of the 1st West Virginia Light Artillery participated in the massive cannon fight prior to Pickett's Charge on July 3 and helped repel the infantry attack. -- Beth White, program director, 2013 Civil War Scholars Lecture Series
- The final battle in the Gettysburg Campaign was at Falling Waters in West Virginia
Gettysburg was the first campaign where these Union troops were officially from West Virginia
West Virginia soldiers who died in the Gettysburg Campaign are interred in Section Three.
The program will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the University of Charleston in the Geary Student Union ballroom. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Murray’s personal experiences as a seasonal ranger at Gettysburg while completing college and graduate school prompted her to focus her research on the battlefield’s memorialization and the development of the national park.
“There are thousands of published books and articles written on the three-day battle, but scholars have paid minimal attention to the battlefield’s history after July 3, 1863. The battlefield has been in a continual state of transformation. The battlefield landscape and its interpretation have not remained static, but have evolved. One of the most interesting aspects of the battlefield’s history is the ways in which contemporary events—the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movements and rising environmental awareness in the 1970s—have defined the battlefield,” -- Dr. Jennifer Murray
Dr. Murray earned her B. S. from Frostburg State University, an M. A. from James Madison University, and her Ph.D. from Auburn University. She is a member of the Society for Military Historians, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. She is the author of The Civil War Begins: Opening Clashes, 1861 for the U. S. Army’s Campaigns of the Civil War series. Her other work includes essays in two forthcoming books—“Civil War Tactics” in A Companion to the U. S. Civil War, edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, and “Preserving the Nashville Battlefield: The South’s True Lost Cause,” in The Tennessee Campaign of 1864: Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville, edited by Steven E. Woodworth. She has written several articles for both academic and popular history journals and magazines, and is a frequent lecturer.
The Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable began its Civil War Scholars Lecture Series program in 2000, and it has featured many of the country’s foremost Civil War historians.