BRIAN STEEL WILLS Speaker for March 18, 2019 Meeting

Brian Wills

“Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War”

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. In addition to leading tours, offering lectures, and conducting programs, Dr. Wills is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War. These publications include biographies of Confederate generals Nathan Bedford Forrest and William Dorsey Pender, and award-winning studies of Union general George Henry Thomas and on noncombat deaths in the Civil War. He is also the current President of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table and a member of the Georgia Civil War Commission. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Va., and the University of Georgia, he spends time on his farm in Virginia when not teaching and working in Kennesaw.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS 2018-2019

November 19, 2018

Kent M. brown

November 19, 2018
January 28, 2019

A. Wilson Green

January 28, 2019
March 18, 2019

Brian Steel Wills

March 18, 2019
May 20, 2019

Wayne Motts

May 20, 2019

PAST SPEAKERS 1954 to the Present

2010-Present
2016-2017
  • September 2016 — John Stempel — “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide”
  • November 2016 — James I. “Bud” Robertson
  • January 2017 — John Hoptak
  • March 2017 — Barton Myers
  • May 2017 — Dr. Jennifer Murray
2015-2016
  • September 2015 – Sue Boardman — “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide”
  • November 2015 — James I. “Bud” Robertson
  • January 2016 — Terrance (Terry) Winschel — “Shut Up As In A Trap: Citizens Under Siege”
  • March 2016 — Brian McKnight — “Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia”
  • May 2016 — Garry Aldeman —  “A Civil War Photography Extravaganza”
2014-2015
  • September 2014 –John Barr — “Loathing Lincoln”
  • November 2014 — James I. “Bud” Robertson — “Water: The Unknown Factor in the Civil War
  • January 2015 — Brig. Gen. Charles F. “Casey” Brower, IV (retired) — “Sophisticated Strategists: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defeat of Japan”
  • March 2015 — Brig. Gen. Jack Mountcastle (retired) — “Desperate Days–the Battles Around Petersburg, 1864-65”
  • May 2015 — Hon. Frank Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court — “Judging Lincoln as a Judge”
2013-2014
  • September 2013 – Kent Masterson Brown Movie Premier – “The Southern Cross: The Story of First Confederate Battle Flag”
  • November 2013 – James “Bud” Robertson – “What America Has Forgotten: 1846 – 1861”
  • January 2014 – Luke Harlow – “Religion, Civil War Emancipation, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky”
  • March 2014 – Gary Matthews – “Thomas Hines”
  • May 2014 — Stephen M. “Sam” Hood — “The Lost Papers of General John Bell Hood”
2012-2013
  • September 2012 – David Blight
  • November 2012 – James “Bud” Robertson
  • March 2013 – Kenneth Noe – “Reluctant Rebels Who Joined the Army After 1861”
  • May 2013 – Brian Steel Wills  – “General George Henry Thomas”
2011-2012
  • September 2011 – R. Owen Williams, Ph.D. – The Constitutional Consequences of the Civil War.
  • November 2011 – James I. “Bud” Robertson – The Untold Civil War: Exploring The Human side of War.
  • January 2012 – Charles Bracelen Flood – Grant’s Final Victory.
  • March 2012 – Kent M. Brown – Secession: The Constitutional Remedy That Brought About The Civil War.
  • May 2012 – William “Jack” Davis – The Monstrous Regiment of Women.
2010-2011
  • September 2010 – Kent M. Brown – The Civil War: Kentucky’s Mercurial Political Course.
  • November 2010 – James I. “Bud” Robertson – The Centennial and the Sesquicentennial: Are They Compatible?
  • January 2011 – Allen R. Millet – Understanding Civil Wars: The American and Korean Experiences as Comparative History, 1850-1877 and 1945-1954.
  • March 2011 – Peter Cozzens – Cahaba: The Forgotten Prison.
  • May 2011 Anne E. Marshall – Censoring History: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Campaign Against Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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