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Kent Civil War Society Speaker

Tuesday, August 9 - 7:30 PM

On Tuesday, August 9, Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan, Associate Professor of U.S. Civil War History and Chair of the History Department at Sam Houston State University, will be presenting a look at the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, one of six ethnically German regiments mustered from the Buckeye State. His presentation is based on his book, A Thousand May Fall, which David Blight called "perhaps the deepest probing ever of the experience of soldiers" in the Civil War. It documents the "hard knock experience" of soldiers at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. This lecture tracks the men of the 107th from their prewar lives through their postwar struggles, from the challenges of war to the errands of peace.

The Kent Civil War Society was created in 1991 and usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month.  COVID protocols in effect for the city and state on that date will be observed.

A general meeting at 7:30 is followed by a short social break where members, guests and visitors can gather additional information about the group and its mission to support Civil War preservation efforts. Donations to the Preservation Fund are welcome but not mandatory.  KCWS presentations are supported in part by the Ohio Council for the Humanities.

For additional information, see the website www.kentcivilwar.org

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in history at Yale, where his doctoral dissertation earned the George Washington Eggleston Prize (for Best U.S. History Dissertation at Yale) and the John Addison Porter Prize, one of Yale's highest academic honors. He is the author or editor of six books on the Civil War and its era, including Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, which was a finalist (one of three runners-up) for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History, and The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans (LSU Press, 2020). His more than 150 reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. Since 2014, he has served as the Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor. His next book, Final Resting Places: Reflections on the Meaning of Civil War Graves, co-edited with Lincoln scholar Jonathan W. White, will appear with the University of Georgia Press in 2023. Dr. Jordan is currently at work on a major interpretive synthesis of the Civil War that Liveright/W.W. Norton plans to publish in 2025. A native of northeastern Ohio, Brian lives in the Houston area with his wife and daughter. 


P.O. Box 3671
Kent, OH 44240
Event Type


Kent Civil War Society

Date / Time

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


(330) 673-8024
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