The 54th annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will be held on November 19, 2015, featuring Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar. Professor Glatthaar's lecture, "A Tale of Two Armies: The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac," will begin at 7:00 pm at the Majestic Theater. Tickets will not be required.
Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. His teaching interests center on military history and the history of the American Civil War. Glatthaar is the author of numerous books, including Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Study (UNC, 2011), General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Defeat (Free Press, 2008), Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution, with James Kirby Martin (Hill & Wang, 2006) and Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers (Free Press, 1990).
His awards include the Fletcher Pratt Award (New York Civil War Round Table), the Jefferson Davis Award (Museum of the Confederacy), and the Bell Irvin Wiley Award (National Historical Society). In 2015, Glatthaar received the Samuel Eliot Morison Award from the Council of the Society for Military History, which recognizes scholars whose distinguished body of work provides a significant contribution to the field of military history.
Glatthaar earned his Ph. D. in History from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is currently at work on a book-length study tentatively titled “General Grant’s Army: From Defeat to Victory.”
The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture is presented each year on November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The goal of the lecture is to speak to the literate general public without abandoning solid scholarly moorings.