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FOR RELEASE
September 9, 1998

Acclaimed Civil War Writer to Speak at The Citadel

          Charleston, S.C.—On Wednesday, September 23rd, acclaimed Civil War writer, Robert Rosen, will present a slide lecture featuring Charleston during the years 1860-1865 in Bond Hall, room 165, at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by the Daniel Library Friends and is free and open to the public.

          In the mid-19th century while the rest of the United States had evolved into an industrial economy, the South remained dependent on agriculture. And with political, social, religious, and economic discord simmering, the South took action, seceding from the Union. In April of 1961 the first official shots of the Civil War were fired from Fort Sumter, historically and inextricably entwining Charleston and the War Between the States. Rosen’s talk, based on his book, Confederate Charleston: An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War, will discuss the ravages of Charleston and the Civil War.

          Rosen is also the author of the best selling history of the city of Charleston—A Short History of Charleston. He is currently at work on a new book, The Jewish Confederates: Southern Jews During the Civil War.

          A 1969 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in history, Rosen went on to Harvard where he received his master’s degree. In 1973 he received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Rosen is currently a shareholder in the firm Rosen, Goodstein and Hagood, LLC in Charleston.

          Rosen and his wife Susan Rosen have three children and live in downtown Charleston.

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