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1864: Turning Point of the Civil War
Historians have argued for years about when the Civil War reached its turning point. Many say that it was July 1863, when the North won the critical battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Some argue that it was early 1862 (when the South lost its major cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans), while others offer fall 1862 (when Southern invasions were turned back at Antietam and Perryville). Join us for a presentation by historian and Civil War expert, Dr. David Martin on his view that 1864 was the real turning point of the war, based on his analysis of the military, political, economic and geographic considerations. This one-hour presentation will include plenty of time for lively discussion.
Dr. Martin is the author of over twenty-five books on the Civil War and Revolution, including Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg, The Philadelphia Campaign, and the award winning Gettysburg, July 1. . His book New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook was recently honored as best New Jersey Reference Book of the Year by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance. He is Past Commander of the New Jersey Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, President of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and Vice President of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. In addition, he serves on the NJ Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and NJ Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is head editor of Longstreet House Publishers and is a teacher and administrator at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee.
The New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee is a volunteer organization working for accurate and appropriate recognition of New Jersey’s important role in the Civil War. The committee accomplishes its mission and vision through preservation, education, advocacy, programs, projects, collaboration and publicity.
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