Cameron Sauers – F. Scott Fitzgerald & the American Civil War
Cameron Sauers is a summa cum laude graduate in History from Gettysburg College under our friend and frequent speaker Dr. Peter Carmichael and is studying for his master’s degree and doctorate in History at the University of Kentucky under one of our executive committee members, Dr. Amy Taylor. This fascinating lecture discusses how and why the American Civil War influenced the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, and, of course, The Great Gatsby. ■
I hope that all of you, the loyal members of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable, have had a
wonderful Summer, and that you are ready for a great season of speakers and camaraderie. This year’s schedule varies a bit from past years. To begin with, our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Thereafter, we meet on Mondays, November 21, 2022, March 20, 2023, April 17, 2023, and May 15, 2023. Also note that due to weather concerns, the Executive Committee decided to rearrange the Spring Schedule so that we will meet now in March rather than January.
We have a roster of great speakers lined up, so mark your calendars. In November, we will hear from Dr. Paul Quigley, Dr. Bud Robertson’s successor at the Virginia Civil War Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. He will discuss Shifting Grounds: Nationalism in the American South, 1848-1865.
In March, James A. Hessler, Senior Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg, will speak on his book Sickles at Gettysburg.
In April, we will be treated to a lecture by Civil War author and historian Peter Cozzens, who will address his forthcoming book, Andrew Jackson and the Creek Wars. Although that is not a Civil War topic, it is a subject of enormous interest, and Mr. Cozzens is a wonderful speaker.
For our final 2023 meeting in May, we will have a surprise guest, a very prominent author and lecturer!
But first, in September, the season will start off with one of the most interesting lectures I have ever heard: “F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Civil War.” I am sure all of you, like me before I heard this talk, have no idea of how and why the American Civil War influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, and, of course, The Great Gatsby. Our first speaker, Cameron Sauers, will tell us. A summa cum laude graduate in History from Gettysburg College under our friend and frequent speaker Dr. Peter Carmichael, Cameron is studying for his master’s degree and doctorate in History at the University of Kentucky under one of our executive committee members, Dr. Amy Taylor. It will be a fascinating presentation.
Cameron’s lecture will be held at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. A cocktail reception will begin the festivities at 5:30 PM, dinner is at 6:00 PM, and the begins at 7:00 PM. I look forward to seeing all our members there! ■
Kent Masterson Brown
August 17, 2022.