Prof. Allen Guelzo to present third of four Civil War-themed lectures Feb. 20

"Tipping the Scales" is part of the "A Walk Through the Civil War" lecture series.
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Prof. Allen Guelzo will give a lecture, “Tipping the Scales” on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. as part of the “A Walk Through the Civil War” lecture series.

The talk will take place in Gettysburg College’s Kline Theatre, near the intersection of Water and North Washington Streets. This event is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

The lecture is the third of a four-part lecture series to be held in conjunction with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The final lecture will be given on March 20.

The first lecture, “The Coming of the War” was held Oct. 17, 2012, and the second lecture, "Liberty and Union" was held Nov. 14, 2012.

Allen GuelzoGuelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and a professor of history at Gettysburg College. He is formerly Dean of the Templeton Honors College and the Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Div. from Philadelphia Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate in history from Lincoln College in Illinois.

These events are part of Gettysburg College’s American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. The College will sponsor events and programs throughout the anniversary that runs from 2011-2015 with special focus on 2013, which marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For more information, visit and

Gettysburg College (then known as Pennsylvania College) played a vital role in the Civil War, with more than 200 alumni serving the Union or Confederacy, and the College’s Pennsylvania Hall functioning as an observation post and hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. On Nov. 19, 1863, College students and faculty processed to hear Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.Earlier in the year, an 1851 graduate of the College, prominent attorney David Wills, had invited Lincoln to deliver “a few appropriate remarks” at the cemetery’s dedication. Lincoln stayed with the Wills family on the square the night before delivering his famous speech.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

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Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013


As a former military officer, and student of the Civil war, i have had the opportunity to read many books about not only the battles, but also, the men who led them. I admit that i have enjoyed many of them, but have also come to the sad conclusion, that many of them lack, be it thru pride, prejudice, bias, lack a certain, shall we say, scholarly objectivity. As an example i present the book, "Winfield Scott Hancock", by David M. Jordan. Yes i realize, that most of the work was culled from what was saved, and allowed to be view by Mrs Almira Hancock, but with a careful reading of the rest of the work, it's very obvious that Mr Jordan was very biased toward General Hancock. And this is just the most recent example of such bias being put published. Yes it can be argued that to the victor goes the positive slant, but as a Masters Candidate in History,(I specialize in the American Civil War), it is almost criminal of modern authors to do such a thing. That being said, is there any way to view anything more on General Hancock? I would love to read some of his work from West Point, or his other military correspondence with not only his superior officers, but his juniors. I do this in the hope of being able to get the facts strait on his actual career, and especially his time in the Army of the Potomac. Thank you so much for reading this. Yours Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor | Posted Feb 11, 2013 03:27 PM

I am sorry I missed Prof. Guelzo's lecture last night, as I know I would have enjoyed it immensely. I appreciated Mr. Taylor's comment, above, about objectivity, but I disagree with some of it. One of my colleagues at St. Andrew's School in Delaware used to teach the Civil War as The War of Northern Aggression. Since many of our students hailed from the South, there was no single act of bias that he could have committed that would have more energized his students to read about the war, learn the details of history, and argue their points with enthusiasm. His act of bias was sheer genius, and I am jealous still today of how hard he got his history students to study with so little effort on his part!

Larry Bowersox | Posted Feb 21, 2013 10:00 AM



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