Yale professor, Civil War expert, to speak in Manchester

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MANCHESTER — In the course of the Civil War, more than 37,000 Vermonters perished. The Equinox Guards, a military unit formed in Manchester, was decimated in the battle at Savage's Station in Henrico County, Virginia on June 29, 1862 in which the regiment experienced the most extensive casualties of any Vermont regiment in a single day of battle.

Considering Manchester's historical connections to the Civil War, it is no surprise that this period of our history is of great interest to many locals.

Recognizing this community interest, the Manchester Community Library in conjunction with the Manchester Humanities Council will welcome Yale professor David Blight to Manchester's First Congregational Church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

Blight is widely regarded as an authority on Civil War history, and has authored several award winning books on the topic including "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," in 2001. Though Blight will not cover Manchester's history specifically, he will discuss America's collective memory of the Civil War and the vital importance of remembrance.

Blight's discussion is a part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series, hosted locally by the Manchester Community Library. This monthly series is underwritten by the National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries, and this lecture in particular is sponsored by the Keelan Family Foundation.

All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public.

Contact the Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 for more information.

Reach Cherise Madigan at 802-490-6471.

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