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  • Greg Biggs is leading a trip March 25 - 29 to explore the Atlanta campaign. Information about this trip can be found here.
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  • Member Darryl Smith has put together a battles of Cynthiana driving tour for April 19th. Click here for more information.
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Next Meeting: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Martin Johnson, Miami University (Hamilton Campus)

Topic: Making the New Birth of Freedom: The Gettysburg Address

For our March speaker, Martin Johnson, will discuss his recently published book, Writing the Gettysburg Address. The book provides answers to the longstanding mysteries about how Lincoln wrote his most admired speech. By examining various manuscripts of Lincoln, texts of his revisions, and the words of his speech, Johnson will trace, at times word-by-word, the arc of Lincoln's thought. When Lincoln stood on the speaker’s platform at Gettysburg he had traveled a long road, one that had become more meaningful with each step. Lincoln experienced for the first time the battlefield of Gettysburg and the little town in the grip of patriotic celebration. He deeply felt the solemn funeral rites for three thousand heroes and more, ceremonies of prayer, commemoration, and remembrance. Lincoln's two-minute speech made the battlefield and the cemetery into landmarks of the American imagination, but Johnson shows that it was Lincoln’s own journey to Gettysburg that made the Gettysburg Address.

Martin Johnson is an Associate Professor of History at Miami University Hamilton. He received a Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 1993. Johnson has published two books on nineteenth-century French history, but his main research interest for the past decade has focused on the American Civil War. Jonson has been a Book Review Editor at H-CivWar, the premier venue for scholarly digital communication about the Civil War. His most recent book, Writing the Gettysburg Address (University Press of Kansas, 2013) was a co-winner of the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. The eminent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer has called Writing The Gettysburg Address “a beautifully accomplished book…one of the best books ever written about the Gettysburg Address.”  Martin Johnson lives in Hamilton, Ohio, with his wife, Kelli and their daughter, Reilly.

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