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Citadel News Service
12 Jan 2010

Daniel Library Friends explore the Civil War in Charleston

The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends’ spring lecture series will host a distinguished line up of speakers that will discuss the American Civil War from the secession convention in Charleston to the firing on the federal steamship the Star of the West. Two additional events focus on the arts and gardens.

The Daniel Library Friends’ book and lecture series was created in 1996 and is responsible for bringing many noted authors and lecturers to the Charleston area. All lectures are free and open to the public. Some events include book signing opportunities. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held on The Citadel campus in Bond Hall Room 165. For more information call 843.953.7691.

Jan. 26 – Artist and local insurance agent Tommy McQueeney, Citadel Class of 1974, will use his paintings to discuss the topic “Art for Art’s Sake.” Some of McQueeney’s artwork is on display in the campus library.

Feb. 9 – Daniel Library Director Angie LeClercq will give an illustrated talk entitled “Gardening for Art and Entertainment, The Charleston and Lowcountry Perspective.”

Feb. 23 – Historian Gordon Rhea will tell the story of the South Carolina infantrymen who served under Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan and became known as “McGowan’s Brigade” during the Civil War.

March 9 – Maury Klein, author of “Days of Defiance,” will scrutinize the tense days from Secession to the battle for Fort Sumter. A book signing will follow the program.

March 23 – Kyle Sinisi, professor of history at The Citadel, will talk about The Citadel’s role in the Civil War, from the firing on the Star of the West forward.

April 13 – Author and Professor Emory Thomas will look at events and people in Charleston 149 years ago that contributed to the Civil War.

April 27 – Fran Hawk, author of “The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenies Coin,” and Post and Courier reporter and columnist Brian Hicks, author of “Raising the Hunley,” will discuss the drama and pathos of the Hunley. A book signing will follow the program.

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