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McCauley Lecture Series

McCauley Lecture_Dec. 4, 2017

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Tom Clemens will discuss the book "Carman's Manuscript Volume 3 - Shepherdstown Ford, and Beyond." Many historians have maintained that the deciding battle of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 is not Antietam/Sharpsburg, but actually the fight on September 19-20 at Shepherdstown Ford. Thus Carman included a chapter about the small but significant fight that convinced both commanders to abandon their plans for further operations. In addition, he wrote a "prequel" chapter about communications between McClellan, Halleck and Lincoln before the Maryland Campaign began and another following the campaign. This chapter illuminates some of the misunderstandings that hampered Union success in the campaign. Carman also included  summary chapter of the campaign which serves as a sort of executive summary of the manuscript. To enhance the clarity for the reader, the editor included a biographical dictionary of those people mentioned by Carman, comprising over 1,500 names. A few highlights from this huge cast of characters will be included in the program. 

Clemens received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history from Salisbury University, and his Doctorate in History Education from George Mason University, where he studied under noted Civil War historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh.  Tom came to Hagerstown in 1978 and spent most of his 34 year career at HCC teaching American History, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2012.  Tom is a founding member and current president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., a non-profit historic preservation organization.