“Sewanee and the Civil War” exhibit and talk

  • on 4 Jul 2013
  • University Archives
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Special events as part of the Sewanee July 4th celebration will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the Sewanee area. All events are open to the public.

Vice-Chancellor John McCardell will make a few remarks about the sesquicentennial during the flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. in Abbo’s Alley. McCardell is a distinguished historian who received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the South.

The University Archives will open a new exhibit, Sewanee and the Civil War, at 10 a.m. on July 4. The exhibit features Confederate and Union documents, maps, artifacts, photographs and weaponry. The archives will remain open until 1:30 p.m. on July 4 and will be open weekday afternoons through July 31.

At 10:30 a.m., also at the University Archives, Merritt Blakeslee will present “‘A RITE SHARP LITTLE FIGHT’: SKIRMISH ON SEWANEE MOUNTAIN, JULY 4, 1863,” detailing the one of the last engagements in the area. Blakeslee, Sewanee native and C'68, is completing a book entitled Upon the Debatable Ground: Sewanee and the Lower Cumberland Plateau during the Civil War. He has written in Sewanee magazine and elsewhere about the destruction of the university’s cornerstone during the Union occupation of Sewanee and about the naming of Sewanee Peak in central Colorado.