How did ordinary soldiers navigate the extremes of war? How did they make sense of their service and sacrifices? These are the questions at the heart of Brian Matthew Jordan’s A Thousand May Fall, an intimate chronicle of the Civil War from the common soldier’s perspective. At the heart of the tale is the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, an ethnically German Union regiment caught in the crosshairs of Stonewall Jacksons flank attack at Chancellorsville–and decimated again two months later atop Blocher’s Knoll at Gettysburg. Demonstrating how soldiers from a politically divided region weathered two devastating battles, the scourge of nativism, inconsistent support from home, and the ordeal of life on picket, this talk reveals the Civil War–and its long aftermath–anew.
This event is suitable for all ages.
Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.