Civil War Author Howard Coffin to Speak at Southern Vermont College for Vermont Reads

March 9, 2012

Civil War historian and author Howard Coffin will present a lecture on “Vermont and the Civil War” at Southern Vermont College, Everett Mansion Theatre, on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The lecture, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau program, is part of the 2012 Vermont Reads Program on book picks “Bull Run” by Paul Fleischman and “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane. Following the lecture, Coffin will be available at a book-signing and a reception in the Burgdorff Gallery. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing with the author in the Burgdorff Gallery

Coffin is the author of four Civil War books: “Full Duty,” “Nine Months to Gettysburg,” “The Battered Stars,” and “Guns Over The Champlain Valley.” For many years, Coffin has led tours to Civil War battlefields and other military sites. A seventh-generation Vermonter with five ancestors serving in Vermont Civil War regiments, Coffin has been an advocate in historic preservation. Coffin was appointed by the U.S. Senate to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, and he served on the board of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites.

Delivering more than 250 lectures on Civil War history, throughout Vermont, at Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Charleston, and other locations, Coffin’s subjects include Vermont at Gettysburg, Battle of Cedar Creek, Lincoln as Commander and Chief, Vermont Morgans in the Civil War, and Vermont and Human Freedom. In 2006, Coffin delivered the keynote address at the dedication of the Vermont Monument on the Wilderness Battlefield. Vermont U.S. Senator James Jeffords and Coffin were part of the efforts which led to the addition of 500 acres where the Vermont Brigade fought to the Wilderness and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

The Vermont Reads program is “A Statewide, One-book Community Reading Program,” sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. To learn more about this program and other programs offered by the Vermont Humanities Council, go to http://www.vermonthumanities.org.

The Everett Theatre at Southern Vermont College is ADA accessible. For more information on this event, contact SVC’s Reference Librarian Andrea Robare at 802-447-6311 or e-mail arobare@svc.edu.