The next Chambersburg Civil War Seminar HISTORYtalk event will be with James Broomall on July 30 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. His talk will be: Battling for Gettysburg: Visual Representations of the Civil War’s Largest Fight. Following the talk will be a Q&A period.
Long after the battle of Gettysburg had been decided, a struggle over the contest’s meaning ensued. Between the 1860s and 1870s, artists began producing visual representations of the fight that resulted in a series of competing interpretations that conversely highlighted heroism at, revealed the violence of, or offered meaning for the three-day contest. Using visual culture and primary source accounts, this talk will recount that how Americans consumed and imagined depictions of the battle of Gettysburg.
Dr. James J. Broomall is the Ray and Madeline Johnston Endowed Chair in American History at Shepherd University and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. He has published articles and essays in Civil War Times, Civil War History, and The Journal of the Civil War Era, and completed two historic resource studies for the National Park Service. The University of North Carolina Press published his book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers as part of the Civil War America series. He is currently working on a book-length project that examines visual and material representation of violence during the Civil War era.
Cost is $5/person, and you will receive a login link upon registering.