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JOIN US ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024, AT 7:15 P.M. (Pacific Time)

 

FOR A PROGRAM ON "JOHN GIBBON:  IRON MAN 

OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC!"

WITH  Los Angeles CWRT's George Melrod 

Brigadier General John Gibbon
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Not all of the most remarkable generals in the Civil War were famous or commanded armies.  Raised in North Carolina in a family of slave-owners, John Gibbon stayed loyal to the Union as the rest of his family sided with the South. During the Civil War, he trained and led the celebrated Iron Brigade, held the center of the Union line during Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, and was prominent at Appomattox.  After the war, he was an Indian fighter who rescued the survivors of Little Bighorn and advocated for justice for Native Americans. In many ways, he was a contradiction: a Southerner who chose loyalty to his country over state and family, and whose coolness in the field earned him the deep respect of his peers, while his penchant for finding flaws in both underlings and superiors caused numerous disputes – and nearly derailed his career. A complex figure with an epic life story emerges through a presentation filled with evocative visual imagery and human detail.

George Melrod graduated Harvard University, but has been a student of the Civil War all of his life. Over the last 30 years he has written numerous screenplays and has published extensively about art and visual culture. From 2006–2017, he was the editor of the largest contemporary art magazine in California and the Western US. As a fiction writer of the Civil War era, he remains fascinated by the lesser-known characters who played a significant role in the Civil War, whose stories remain largely forgotten. His other recent presentations have included “John F. Reynolds and James B. McPherson and the Loves They Left Behind,” and “Ormsby Mitchel: Astronomer – General – Visionary.”

 

 

 

 


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Pasadena CWRT - TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024 - 7:15 PM (Pacific Time) 

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