20 2013

TJC - Jess Epstein Lunch and Learn

12:00PM - 1:30PM  

The Jewish Center 435 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ


Bull Run and Gettysburg, Shiloh and Antietam – the very names evoke familiar accounts of the Civil War on land. We know of the deeds of Lee and Sherman, Jackson and Grant, but was Farragut’s naval blockade effective? Were the ironclads effective? What of the unsung Union and Confederate sailors and their commanders who were vital to the conclusion at Appomattox Court House? Five days after the shelling of Fort Sumter, Jefferson Davis offered letters of marque to privateers authorizing piracy against American flag vessels. And so, the naval campaigns began. In his most recent book, War on the Waters, Professor McPherson tells, with his special narrative skill, the frequently harrowing, always exciting story of the Civil War on the water and of the naval commanders on both sides. Don’t miss this very special event. James M. McPherson is widely recognized as the foremost Civil War historian of our time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his Battle Cry of Freedom, his many books include For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. Prof. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of US History at Princeton. In 2000 he was selected Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a former president of the American Historical Association. James McPherson, active in the preservation of Civil War battlefields, has led many memorable walks at Gettysburg. We are privileged to welcome Prof McPherson to Lunch and Learn. The popular Jewish Center lecture series continues as well-known writers, artists, scientists, educators and other scholars share their insights and learning. Preceded by lunch at noon in the social hall, the programs, including questions and answer periods, generally conclude by 1:20 p.m. The lectures are open to the public, so plan to bring a friend along with a dairy or parve lunch. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.