The Richmond Register

March 28, 2013

‘Kentucky’s Civil War in History and Memory’

Last lecture in EKU Civil War Series


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — “Waiting to Secede: Kentucky’s Civil War in History and Memory” will be the topic of the final program in Eastern Kentucky University’s year-long lecture series commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

Anne Marshall, an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University and a native of Lexington, will discuss how Civil War events in Kentucky changed the wartime loyalties of the state’s citizens as well as how wartime developments affected the way white and black Kentuckians came to remember and commemorate the Civil War for years afterward.

Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Grand Reading Room of the John Grant Crabbe Main Library. The program is free and open to the public.

Marshall, a graduate of Centre College and the University of Georgia, is the author of “Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State,” published in 2010.

She is currently researching the lives and careers of the colorful Cassius M. Clay of Madison County and his brother, Congressman Brutus Clay.

Although both brothers supported the Union during the Civil War, they held differing opinions on the institution of slavery.

Congressman Clay was a leading spokesman for the pro-slavery cause, while Cassius Clay was a noted anti-slavery activist.

For more details, contact Dr. Tom Appleton at tom.appleton@eku.edu or 622-1287.