Series compares Civil War books

Mar 20, 2014

Belfast — The book discussion series, part of the Local & Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War, at the Belfast Free Library continues Monday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. All discussions take place in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

This One Story, One Community reading and discussion series is comparing two very different depictions of the Battle of Gettysburg: “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara; and “A Graphic History of Gettysburg” by Wayne Vansant. On March 31, the discussion will focus on how “The Killer Angels” compares to other depictions the Battle of Gettysburg and how it fits into the larger history of the Civil War. As a comparison and for local interest, some letters written home by men from Belfast during this period will be shared.

On Monday, April 14, the interpretation of the battle in the “A Graphic History of Gettysburg” and who it compares to others will be discussed. The series, supported by a grant from the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council, is facilitated by Patricia Bixel, professor of history at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Books are available to check out at the main circulation desk. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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