The Department of History is pleased to welcome Charles R. Bowery, Jr. and Christopher Stowe to discuss connections between the Civil War and today’s military. The will speak in room 30, ten Hoor Hall on Thursday, March 29, at 3:30 PM.
Mr. Bowery is Executive Director U.S. Army Center of Military History and Chief of Military History. He is responsible for the overall supervision and direction of historical matters throughout the Department of the Army, which includes management of fifty-seven Army museums and more than thirty historical centers, as well as supervision of the Army’s operational and deployed military historians and military history detachments. Mr. Bowery served on active duty for twenty-three years as an Army Aviation officer, commanding at all levels from platoon through battalion and serving overseas in Korea, Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Bowery is the author of The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, 1864–65 and Lee & Grant: Profiles in Leadership from the Battlefields of Virginia. He is a speaker and battlefield staff ride leader focusing on the American Civil War, and he taught Military History at the United States Military Academy. Mr. Bowery’s talk is entitled: “ The Long Shadow of the American Iliad: A Reconsideration of the Modern U.S. Army and the Civil War.”
Dr. Christopher Stowe is Professor of Military History and Department Head, War Studies Department at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Dr. Stowe has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN and the Pennsylvania Cable Network and presented at numerous scholarly conferences including the Society for Military History, the Ohio Academy of History, and the Louisiana Historical Association. His publications include articles in Civil War History, Northwest Ohio History, Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States, the Papers of the Second Palo Alto Conference, USA Today, and ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, plus dozens of scholarly reviews. He contributed an essay to Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War (LSU Press) and his first full-length book, George Gordon Meade: A Nineteenth-Century Life, is nearing completion. Dr. Stowe will present “Crossing the Deadly Ground? The Civil War and Contested Memory and the Uses of History for Today’s Military Professionals.”
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History