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Amherst Town Library series centers on Civil War poetry
As the third program in the January adult series "Remembering ... the American Civil War in Focus," presenter Keith Williams focuses on three literary giants of the 19th century, when the Civil War marked a watershed in their respective careers.
Whitman also wrote about President Abraham Lincoln in the wake of his assassination, and those poems serve as a final commentary on the Civil War.
Williams, who is director the honors program on campus, teaches 19th- and 20th-century literature at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown. Specialized topics include the Civil War and the Harlem Renaissance.
From Seabrook to Colebrook and Berlin to Hinsdale, an assortment of memorials pay tribute to those who served in The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire commemorations.
The Civil War series at the Amherst Town Library continues on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. with "An Intimate Portrait of Amherst Civil War Soldier, Charles H. Phelps"; Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. with "The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War," and, Tuesday, Jan. 28 with "Civil War Quilts."
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