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Tri Cities Civil War Round Table kicks off 30th year

Submitted by Wayne Strong • Jan 20, 2020 at 11:03 AM

The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT) will kick off its 30th year by welcoming historian and national park guide Emma Murphy to discuss “A Long Dark Shadow: Death at Gettysburg” during its January program.

The free program will be held Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 219 of the Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Everyone is invited to attend. Donations, used to help cover speaker fees, are accepted and appreciated.

A park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Murphy is fresh off national park system working tours at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. She’ll discuss the life and times in Gettysburg during and immediately after the battle’s conclusion.

“This program explores how soldiers and civilians struggled with the enormity of the human loss and carnage following the largest battle on the western hemisphere,” Murphy writes. “What hardship did soldiers experience as they faced death head on without knowing whether they would return home?”

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Civil War studies from Gettysburg College, where she worked extensively with the Civil War Institute as a fellow and social media coordinator. Continuing with her master’s degree in public history from the University of West Georgia, Murphy worked as the administrator and coordinator for the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and a graduate research assistant. Her thesis, “Displaying Heritage: Southern Identity through the Georgia State Flag Controversy 1956-2004,” explored the use of Confederate memory and iconography to challenge “Brown v. Board of Education,” setting the stage for a decades long battle over the use of the Confederate battle flag in Georgia’s state flag.

During her summers, Murphy worked as a Pathways seasonal ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Before landing her full-time position at Andrew Johnson, she worked as a seasonal historian and ranger at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (2012 and 2014), Richmond National Battlefield (2013), Gettysburg National Military Park (2015-2017) and Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.

Visitors can pick up membership forms for TCCWRT, as well as the latest newsletter, during the monthly program. The group also accepts donated Civil War hardback books, paperback books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, VHS, and other historical books. Items donated during the year go on sale during the Fun Fest event in July and the November program.

Prior to each program, members of the club dine with the guest speaker from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at The Chop House in Kingsport. Anyone interested in joining them for the meal should send a dinner reservation request to Strong at [email protected] or call (423) 323-2306.

The Eastman Employee Center is located at 400 S. Wilcox Drive, in Kingsport.

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