After years of conflict over the institution of slavery, the Civil War would be the turning point that set the course of the United States into the 20th century and beyond. Join us on the first Thursday of each month as we explore the meaning of the Civil War and how the past has shaped who we are today through a diverse selection of narratives, novels, and histories. In partnership with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Meets outside Chatham Manor (120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg). In inclement weather, meets at Fredericksburg Branch (1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg).
For October: Ambrose Bierce, 3 short stories: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Killed at Resaca," "What I Saw of Shiloh." Public domain, available at americanliterature.com.
A Civil War veteran, Ambrose Bierce used his service as a soldier to write his dark and realist works. We will discuss three of his short stories - two fictional, one autobiographical, and all perfect for October reading.