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Brown to address Civil War Round Table meeting Thursday

From staff reports

MARIETTA — A special meeting of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 320 Second St.

Kent Masterson Brown, an attorney, author and filmmaker from Lexington, Ky., will present “Meade at Gettysburg: A Study In Command.”

Gen. George Meade assumed command of the Army of the Potomac just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg. He is often overlooked in discussions about great leaders of the Civil War.

However, Brown’s appraisal of Meade’s leadership recognizes the severe supply and logistical challenges that he overcame and how the rapid advance and deployment of Union troops on July 1, his tactical control and coordination of the army during the desperate fighting on July 2 and determination to hold Cemetery Hill on July 3 resulted in a critical victory for the Union.

Brown’s previous books include “Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander” (1993) and “Retreat From Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign” (2005).

The public is welcome and there is no cost to attend. Donations will be accepted to offset a portion of the cost of the event. The event is partially funded through a matching grant program secured from the Ohio Arts Council. Face coverings are recommended.

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