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We are amateur and professional historians in Central Indiana dedicated to studying and understanding the American Civil War. We welcome anyone interested in the American Civil War to join the ICWRT. Annual dues are $30 for an individual, $35 for a family,or $15 for a student. The dues are used to defray production costs of our newsletter, Hardtack, and other programs. We invite you to attend a meeting as a guest and we feel that you will enjoy your visit and enlist. To enlist for the upcoming campaign, Click Here for a membership form

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Please note that this meeting is on a Monday at 6:45 PM at the Township Line MCL

This Month's Topic What: The Angel of Marye's Heights: The True Story of Richard Kirkland
Who: Anthony J. Ziebol
When: Monday
October 9, 2017, at 6:45 p.m
Where: MCL Cafeteria - Township Line
(2370 West 86th Street)
Would you risk your life to save your mortal enemy? Perhaps the only soldier revered on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, Richard Rowland Kirkland is arguably the most famous "common" soldier of the American Civil War. His act of compassion at the battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862 is both controversial and shrouded in mystery. Although this act is well known, the rest of his story, along with that of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry is not. In addition to Fredericksburg, this Angel of Marye's Heights was present at some of most fierce fighting of the war and most iconic locations:
  • Henry House Hill at First Bull Run
  • The Dunker Church at Antietam
  • The Peach Orchard and Wheatfield at Gettysburg
  • Snodgrass Hill at Chickamauga
Anthony J. Ziebol is an accomplished journalist and writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After receiving a degree in print journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ziebol moved back to the Twin Cities and began writing as a staff reporter for newspapers and as a freelancer for Midwest magazines. He has given presentations on Kirkland and the 2nd South Carolina regiment throughout the United States. He will have copies of his book for sale for $20.

2017-2018 Program Schedule

Sept. 11, 2017 The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey David Dixon
Oct. 9, 2017 The Angel of Marye's Heights Anthony J. Ziebol
Nov. 13, 2017 The American Civil War and Religion David Garshaw
Dec. 11, 2017 The Kimberlins Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country Mike Murphy
Jan. 8, 2018 Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America's Heartland Stephen Towne
Feb. 12, 2018 Indianapolis and the War of the Rebellion Fred Schaefer
Mar. 12, 2018 58th Indiana and their role at Stone's River Kraig McNutt
Apr. 9, 2018 Cold Blooded Envenomation of 1861-65 Mark Laubacher
May 14, 2018 Above Us or Around Us: The Story and Men of the Bloody Eighth Jenny Thompson
June 11, 2018 On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 Jennifer Murray

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