God's Chosen People

Civil War Author Presentation

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is honored to host renowned Civil War author George C. Rable, winner of the Lincoln Prize and two Jefferson Davis Prizes, on September 22, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Visitor Center, in the multipurpose room.  Mr. Rable holds the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama.  He is author of “Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism”, “The Confederate Republic: A Revolution against Politics”,and “Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!”, which won the Lincoln Prize.

Mr. Rable will talk about his recent book entitled, “God’s Almost Chosen Peoples – A Religious History of the American Civil War”.  Throughout the Civil War, soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict saw the hand of God in the terrible events of the day, but the standard narratives of the period pay scant attention to religion.  Now, in “God’s Almost Chosen Peoples”, Lincoln Prize-winning historian George C. Rable offers a ground-breaking account of how Americans used faith to interpret the course of the war.

Eastern National, management of the bookstore at the battlefield, is sponsoring this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Mark your calendars for the 22nd of September at 1:00 p.m. to attend this presentation by George C. Rable, which is free to the public.

Following Mr. Rable’s presentation and Q&A, Dr. William Piston (Professor of History at Missouri State University and author of several Civil War books) will direct a tour of the battlefield, for the regular fee of $5.00, to interested visitors.