Free Book Talks


October 21, 2018
To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Authors Rob Orrison and Kevin Pawlak on the book To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaing, 1862.

About the Book

Historians Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak trace the routes both armies traveled during the Maryland Campaign, ultimately coming to a climactic blow on the banks of Antietam Creek. That clash on September 17, 1862, to this day remains the bloodiest single day in American history.

About the Authors

Kevin Pawlak is the Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Kevin also serves on the advisory board at Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. The History Press published his first book, Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital, in 2015. He is a 2014 graduate of Shepherd University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America. Kevin is a regular contributor to Emerging Civil War.

 Rob Orrison has been working in the history field for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College (now University) and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Currently Rob serves as the Historic Site Operations Supervisor for Prince William County. Outside of work Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Board of Directors of Virginia Civil War Trails; and serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Association of Museums. His published works include: A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign; The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign 1863 and In A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. He currently lives in Dumfries with his wife Jamie and sons Carter and Grayson.

November 11, 2018
Hell Comes to Southern Maryland: The Story of the Point Lookout Prison and Hammond General Hospital; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Authors Bradley Gottfried and Linda Gottfried.

About the Book

The Point Lookout Civil War Prisoner of War Camp for Confederates was the largest facility in the North. This small book takes a fresh look at all aspects of the prison from its formation to its closing and lasting legacy. Loaded with first-person accounts of both Confederate prisoners and Union personnel, the book helps the reader get a vivid picture of what it was like to be incarcerated in the camp.

Hell Comes to Southern Maryland:  The Story of the Point Lookout Prison and Hammond General Hospital.  The topic is particularly appropriate for the Manassas Museum as many Virginia boys were incarcerated there from 1863 through 1865. by Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried (Author), Ms. Linda I Gottfried (Contributor) 

About the Authors

Bradley M. Gottfried, Ph.D.

Prior to his retirement in 2017, Brad worked in higher education for over 40 years.  After receiving his Ph.D. from Miami Univresity, he taught for eleven years and then entered the ranks of administration.  He ultimately served as President Chief Executive Officer of three colleges (University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, Sussex County Community College, and College of Southern Maryland) for almost 25 years. Gottfried has authored thirteen books and two additional works are moving through the editorial process. Among his Gettysburg titles are: Roads to Gettysburg, The Artillery of Gettysburg, The Battle of Gettysburg: A Guided Tour, The Brigades of Gettysburg, and the Maps of Gettysburg.  He is devoting most of his time to completing map studies of the various Eastern Theater Campaigns.  

Linda I. Gottfried

Linda retired from a distinguished twenty-five year career in public relations and fundraising. She has a passion for helping nonprofit organizations achieve their strategic and fundraising goals by providing pro bono education and training. 

December 2, 2018
We Once Met By Chance: Four Life Stories of the American Civil War; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Charles V. Mauro on the book We Once Met By Chance.

About the Book

We Once Met by Chance: Four Life Stories of the American Civil War follows four people’s lives during the American Civil War: John S. Mosby, Charles Russell Lowell, Laura Ratcliffe, and James Robinson.

Colonel John S. Mosby was a Confederate officer from Virginia assigned to lead guerrilla activities outside the city of Washington. His mission was to keep the Union soldiers stationed there rather than fighting in the field against the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E. Lee. 

Charles Russell Lowell of Massachusetts was a Harvard graduate from a prominent abolitionist family. He joined the Union army, eventually becoming the colonel of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. He was sent to Virginia to capture or kill Mosby.

Laura Ratcliffe was a young southern lady living in Northern Virginia. She supported her home state of Virginia during the war in any way she could, including spying for Colonel Mosby.

James Robinson, was an African American living with his family in Manassas, Virginia. The land that he owned and lived on would become the central part of the battleground for two of the major battles during the war.

We Once Met by Chance is the story of the Civil War from the perspective of these four individuals. Readers learn about their lives, their families, and their aspirations during these tumultuous four years in American history.