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October 3, 2011

Three Civil War presentations upcoming at Jeffersonville library

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville Township Public Library, in conjunction with the Institute for Local and Oral History at Indiana University Southeast, will host a three-part lecture series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. The talks will be held at 211 E. Court Ave.

Titled “The National, the Local, and the Personal: Three Perspectives on the American Civil War,” the program’s featured speaker will be Dr. Carl E. Kramer, director of the Institute for Local and Oral History and author of “This Place We Call Home: A History of Clark County, Indiana,” published by Indiana University Press in 2007.

The schedule is:

• OCT. 4 — 6 p.m. “The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Civil War.” We will discuss the Civil War in a broad national context and explain how it changed the United States in ways that are still apparent today.

• OCT. 18 — 6 p.m. “Jeffersonville and Clark County in the Civil War.” The mobilization of local troops for the Union Army will be examined and Jeffersonville’s role as a logistical center for Union operations in the West, particularly the development and functions of Camp Joe Holt, Jefferson General Hospital, and the U. S. Army Quartermaster Corps.

• NOV. 1 — 6 p.m. “Indiana’s Jefferson Davis: A Clark County General in the Civil War.” Gen. Jefferson Columbus Davis, a native of Memphis, helped Gov. Oliver P. Morton mobilize Indiana troops, and became infamous for murdering his commanding officer during a confrontation at the old Galt House hotel in Louisville during the Confederate invasion of Kentucky in the fall of 1862. He subsequently became a corps commander during Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”

Established in 2008 as part of IU Southeast’s History Program, the Institute for Local and Oral History is an expression of the University’s mission to provide high-quality educational programs and services to students and communities throughout southern Indiana and the greater Louisville region. Call 812-285-5640 or visit for more information.

— News and Tribune

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