119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490
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Civil War Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society will continue its Civil War Roundtable.
Edward Porter Alexander—Civil War Roundtable

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present its Civil War Roundtable and the program will feature a discussion of Edward Porter Alexander. He was a military engineer, a railroad executive, a planter, and an author. He served first as an officer in the United States Army and later, during the American Civil War, in the Confederate Army, rising to the rank of brigadier general.
Alexander was the officer in charge of the massive artillery bombardment preceding Pickett’s Charge, at the Battle of Gettysburg, and is also noted for his early use of signals and observation balloons during combat. After the Civil War, he taught mathematics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, spent time in Nicaragua working on various projects, and wrote extensive memoirs and analyses of the war, which have received much praise for their insight and objectivity. His Military Memoirs of a Confederate was published in 1907. An extensive personal account of his military training and his participation in the Civil War was rediscovered long after his death and published in 1989 as Fighting for the Confederacy.
This program will be presented by James Carnes. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. This roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s Headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org.


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