Dr. John David Smith, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “The Making and Meaning of Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry”
September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Join us to hear Dr. John David Smith’s lecture “The Making and Meaning of Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry.” An officer in the famed Iron Brigade, Henry Young wrote 155 letters home, offering insights and details of military service that enable readers to witness the Civil War as he did. The correspondence highlights the candid perspective of a young officer from America’s western heartland who was fiercely determined to preserve the Union no matter the cost.
Dr. John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has published thirty books, many of which center on slavery and the American Civil War. His most recent book, Dear Delia, just appeared in 2019. Dr. Smith has received many awards, including the Mayflower Society Award for Nonfiction and The Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.