Park Ranger Speaker Series
The Interior Library is proud to present a series of programs on the background and history of sites of interest in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. The 45-minute programs, presented by National Park Service Rangers, are held in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior BuildingTo register for a future Park Ranger Speaker Series program, please click here. For more information about our Park Ranger Speaker Series programs, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
To what famous Civil War figures did contemporaries apply the words “rascality” and “stupidity” and for what reasons? Certainly, the battle actions around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania produced great bloodshed but they also generated an unabated, fierce storm of debate. Many historians rightly aver that veterans spilled more ink than blood defending Gettysburg. Washington, D.C. certainly played a huge role in that fight as Gettysburg figured prominently in the minds of political figures who sought answers as well as scapegoats. High-ranking Union general officers came to the nation’s capital to defend their actions and answer accusations of incompetence, cowardice and potential treason. Come listen to tales of rascality and stupidity as we demonstrate that Washington, D.C. always provided a stage for venom and vitriol.
We invite you to join Park Ranger Michael T. Kelly as he discusses the enduring struggle to interpret the Battle of Gettysburg—even after 150 years.