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Next Meeting: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Don Rightmyer, Harrodsburg, KY

Topic: Kentucky Bookends to the Civil War: Robert Anderson and Fort Sumter

To kick off our 2014/2015 season, we are pleased to have Don Rightmyer speak to us. Some of us have heard Don’s excellent presentations given at the annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day, as well as other venues. For our September meeting, Don will outline the very interesting life of Kentucky native, Robert Anderson. Many of us may probably know Anderson’s name as the commander of Fort Sumter. Continuous shelling from Confederate artillery forced the outgunned garrison to surrender in April 1861, but Anderson’s four month stand without supplies made him a hero in the North (including the subject of a subsequent huge patriotic rally in New York City – over 100,000 attendees!). Don will discuss how Anderson, even before Fort Sumter, had a rich military career beginning as an 1825 graduate of West Point and spanning several conflicts before the Civil War. Don will also talk about Anderson’s “post-Sumter” role as a successful recruitment officer for the Union in his home state and a very ironic “bookend” visit back to Fort Sumter in 1865.

Don Rightmyer is a native of Kentucky and currently works at the Mercer County Public Library in his hometown of Harrodsburg. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he majored in military history, Don served in various flying and staff assignments around the world during his 20+ year USAF career. More recently, Don was the editor of the Kentucky Historical Society’s genealogical quarterly, Kentucky Ancestors (2008-2013).

Don’s first book, Torn: The Civil War in Kentucky, will be published in June 2014 by Savas Beatie Press. Don should have copies for sale by the September meeting. We will post an update on the website by the end of August.




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