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This Month's Topic What: Fire in the Water
Who: James Alexander Thom
When: Monday
September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m
Where: Indiana Historical Society Auditorium (Directions)
Fire in the Water relates the fates of Andersonville prisoners trying to get home to Indiana, Ohio, etc., who unfortunately get aboard the steamboat SULTANA. One of the protagonists is a Harper's Weekly war correspondent on board the vessel, heading for Springfield to cover Lincoln's funeral. The SULTANA tragedy is the central action of the story, but the undercurrent is the spirit of Lincoln, and the determination of two war-addled men to get to his funeral. The book ends in the Saluda graveyard near Madison, Indiana.

James Alexander Thom is a well known Indiana historical author. His Civil War interest is deep and personal. He is old enough to remember attending funerals of Union veterans who were his relatives. His namesake was killed at Fredericksburg, and his great grandfather survived Andersonville. He was also a historical lecturer for several years on the Delta Queen line, which helped prepare him to tell a steamboat story.


2016-2017 Program Schedule


Sept 12, 2016 Fire in the Water James Alexander Thom
Oct. 10, 2016 Who Was Private John Rooks? : Counties Named for Civil War Combat Deaths Charlie Aiken
Nov. 14, 2016 The War Not Forgotten - Civil War Soldiers, Central State Hospital and PTSD Robert Houghtalen
Dec. 12, 2016 Maps, Mapping & Mapmakers of the Civil War: A Novice Explorer's Perspective Lou Malcomb
Jan. 9, 2017 Lew Wallace's Civil War Career Ray Boomhower
Feb. 13, 2017 Paying for the Civil War: Taxes, Internal Revenue and Enrolled Agents Jim Floyd
Mar. 13, 2017 Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy Gary Joiner
Apr. 10, 2017 A Visit with Jennie Wade's Mother Connie Hansen
May 8, 2017 The Murder of Major General William "Bull" Nelson Robert I. Girardi
June 12, 2017 Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre Thomas Bogar

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