In an expansion of USAO’s symposia series, Civil War historian William C. Davis delivered the keynote address for the inaugural Summer History Lecture on June 19 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
Davis’ lecture, titled The Summer of ‘62, focused on the critical events of 1862, including The Battle of Antietam, the photography of Matthew Brady and President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Davis impressed an audience filled with Civil War history enthusiasts, both young and old, with his genteel charm and rich storytelling abilities.
Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Tech and serves as director of programs at that institution’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. The author or editor of more than 40 books on the Civil War and Southern history, Davis served as the on-camera senior consultant for the Civil War Journal, as well as historical consultant for films like The Blue and the Gray.
The Summer History Symposium is scheduled to continue with Civil War themed addresses through 2015.