Public Program- Robert E. Bonner

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 7:30pm

The Real Civil War In Soldier Testimony
by Robert Bonner

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This illustrated lecture is based on Robert E. Bonner's latest book, The Soldier's Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the Civil War, for which he selected letters, diaries, and sketches by sixteen men who fought, suffered, and (in some cases) died during the Civil War. Drawn from more than 180 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection in New York City, these previously unpublished images and letters, addressed to family and loved ones, create an immediate and moving portrait of the common soldier's experiences under fire during the nation's bloodiest and most divisive war.

Robert E. Bonner is currently in residence at the Society as an American Antiquarian Society-National Endowment for the Humanities fellow. He has taught at Michigan State University, Amherst College, and Dartmouth College and is the author of Colors and Blood: Flag Passions of the Confederate South (2002) and Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood (2007).

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