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Blinn College, Central Texas Historical Association present expert discussion of Battle of Gettysburg

Award-winning historians Allen C. Guelzo, Brian Jordan will discuss battle’s place in American history

September 7, 2016

Two award-winning historians specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction will speak about the Battle of Gettysburg and its unique place in American history during a special presentation at Blinn College.

Photo of Allen GuelzoAllen C. Guelzo, Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College, and Brian Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize in History finalist for his book, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” will speak at the Blinn College-Bryan campus Student Center (map) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Admission is free and open to the public.

“This is a rare opportunity for history enthusiasts to meet and learn from two of the nation’s leading Civil War scholars,” said Nathan Giesenschlag, history professor. “The deeply researched knowledge and fascinating perspectives Allen Guelzo and Brian Jordan bring will make for an engaging historical discussion.”

Guelzo’s presentation is titled, “Gettysburg: The Waterloo of the Rebellion.” The Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, Guelzo is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in Civil War-era scholarship. He has authored 13 publications, including “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion,” “Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” “Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas,” “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America,” “Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President” and “The Crisis of the American Republic: A History of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.”

Guelzo was awarded the 2013 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion” and was inducted as a laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He was awarded the Order of Lincoln, Illinois’ highest honor, in 2009 as a bicentennial laureate.

Guelzo holds a Bachelor of Science in biblical studies from Philadelphia Biblical University, a Master of Divinity from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Photo of Brian JordanJordan’s presentation will be titled, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War.” A former student of Guelzo’s at Gettysburg College, Jordan is a frequent speaker at Civil War round tables and delivers popular tours for Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

An Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, Jordan has published “Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory” and “Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War,” as well as more than 75 articles, reviews and essays. He is currently working on three books: an edited collection on Civil War veterans, a study of a Civil War regiment in war and peace, and a biography of Benjamin Butler.

Jordan earned his Bachelor of Arts in history and Civil War Era studies from Gettysburg College and his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he won the John Addison Porter Prize and the George W. Egleston Prize for best U.S. history dissertation. In 2016, he was awarded the Governor John Andrew Award for Civil War history from the Union Club of Boston.

Hardcover copies of Jordan’s book, “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” will be available for $25.

The event is sponsored by Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences and the Central Texas Historical Association (CTHA). The CTHA launched in 2015 to preserve and promote the history and culture of Central Texas. Blinn is the only community college in the state to host a regional historical association.