Author to present Civil War lectures

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 3, 2011

Author Chris Hartley will present the next in a series of Civil War lectures at 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.
The museum has ample parking in the front of its building and many exhibits to view before and after the lecture.
The N.C. Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with various activities during the next four years. Sesquicentennial Committee Chairman Sue Curtis of Salisbury said the Division’s Sesquicentennial Lecture Series will consist of eight free lectures throughout the state each year.
Hartley graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and a secondary concentration in history. He is the author of “Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and His North Carolina Cavalry,” for which he received a Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal from the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Hartley is a frequent speaker at historical events and has participated in a number of Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposiums. He has published several articles on the Civil War and his study of Stoneman’s Raid in North Carolina was featured in a 2010 issue of the Blue & Gray Magazine.
His newest book, “Stoneman’s Raid, 1865,” gives considerable detail on the towns entered and the destruction that occurred in the invasion. Hartley will have copies of his book available for sale.
The Sesquicentennial Committee has held three lectures so far in the state. The first lecture was May 20 at Catawba College in Salisbury with speaker Dr. Gary Freeze. The second was July 25 at Greensboro, in partnership with the Greensboro Historical Museum, with noted author William Trotter.
The third was on Aug. 13 at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville with Freeze.
For more information, contact Curtis at 704-637-6411, or southpaws@salisbury.net.

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