Historian to discuss 'Spotsylvania's

Bloody Angle' at Tallmadge Civil War

Society meeting

Some of the Civil War's most intense fighting will be the subject of the Tallmadge Civil War Society's October meeting.

Nationally renowned Civil War author Kristopher White will present a lecture, "Hell's Half Acre: Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle," for the group on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Old Town Hall on Tallmadge Circle, and is free and open to the public.

The assault on the Bloody Angle was the most significant combat at Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia in May 1864 -- one of the grisliest encounters between Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Ulysses S. Grant. For more than 20 hours in a driving rain, the soldiers battled hand-to-hand for a segment of earthworks. It was the longest sustained combat operation of the entire war. The lecture will revisit the reasons for the battle, the innovative tactics used to break the Confederate lines, and rehearse the stories of soldiers trapped in a no-man's land.

White is a historian for the Penn-Trafford Recreation Board and a continuing education instructor for the Community College of Allegheny County near Pittsburgh, Pa. A graduate of Norwich University with a master's degree in military history, for nearly five years he served as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. For a short time, he was a member of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg. White has addressed more than 60 Civil War roundtables and is the author of six books, including "A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House." His many articles have appeared in America's Civil War, Blue & Gray, Hallowed Ground and Civil War Times. Copies of White's books will be available for purchase and signing.

Founded in 1986, the Tallmadge Civil War Society is an organization devoted to the study of the American Civil War. It hosts monthly programs featuring authors and noted experts in the field discussing the war's social, political and military history. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the conflict. For more information about the Society or to join, contact President Ralph Jordan at 330-630-2474.