November 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Dr. Thomas Flagel will address the War, Memory, and the 1913 Gettysburg reunion at the Gettysburg Battlefield encampment of American Civil War veterans for the Battle of Gettysburg’s 50th anniversary. The June 29–July 4 gathering of 53,407 veterans (~8,750 Confederate) was the largest ever Civil War veteran reunion, and “never before in the world’s history [had] so great a number of men so advanced in years been assembled under field conditions”.
Dr. Thomas Flagel is an associate professor of American History at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He holds degrees from: Middle Tennessee State University (Ph.D., Public History), Loras College (B.A., History); Kansas State University (M.A., European History); Creighton University (M.A., International Relations); and has studied at the University of Vienna. Flagel serves on the Tennessee Preservation Trust Board of Directors, is the historical adviser to the Granger House Museum in Marion, Iowa, and works with many other preservation groups, including the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service. He is also the writer and narrator of “Sesquicentennial Stories” on WAKM Radio, a series that was nominated for the Peabody Award in 2011. He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee.