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Historian John Marszalek to speak in Kingsport

Submitted by Wayne Strong • Oct 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM

 The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT) will welcome highly acclaimed historian John Marszalek as the featured speaker at its October meeting.

Marszalek will present "The Winning Combination: Grant and Sherman" at 7 p.m., Monday (Oct. 8) in Room 219 of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. The program is free and open to the public.

A graduate of Canisius College, 1961, Marszalek received his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He participated in ROTC at Canisius and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Intelligence branch upon graduation. He was on active duty from 1965 to 1967. Since that time, he has been a historian, educator, writer and administrator at distinguished schools, including Canisius College, Gannon College and Mississippi State University.

Since 2008, he has served as the executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association’s Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University. He is co-editor (with Timothy B. Smith) of "The World of Ulysses S. Grant" book series at Southern Illinois University Press. He has taught courses in the Civil War, Jacksonian America and Race Relations, and has produced over 20 doctoral and masters graduates — a number of whom are published scholars. He is the author or editor of 15 books and over 300 articles and book reviews.

"Sherman, A Soldier’s Passion for Order" was a finalist for the 1993 Lincoln Prize and won non-fiction awards from the Mississippi Library Association and the Ohioiana Library Association. His first book, "Court Martial, A Black Man in America," was made into a Showtime motion picture and reissued as a paperback under the new title, "Assault at West Point." President Bill Clinton presented the family of the wronged black West Point cadet a posthumous U.S. Army commission during a White House ceremony.

Three of his books ("Sherman, A Soldier’s Passion for Order," "The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House," and "Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies, A Life of General Henry W. Halleck") have been History Book Club Selections. He continues to lecture widely throughout the nation and has appeared on major television networks.

Prior to the presentation, TCCWRT members dine with the guest speaker at 5 p.m. at The Chop House in Kingsport. For more information about the program or to request a dinner reservation, contact Wayne Strong at (423) 323-2306 or email trustwrks@aol.com.

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