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Central RED Hosts Presentation on Battle of Gettysburg

Featured: Central RED Hosts Presentation on Battle of Gettysburg

January 21, 2021

Central College’s Central RED Society will host “The Battle of Gettysburg” with Mark Barloon during a virtual event at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

Membership in Central RED is required to attend, and a Zoom link will be emailed to members.

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central College alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences. Members pay $20 annually to join Central RED.

No affiliation with Central College is required to join. For more information, visit www.central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict by email at benedictm@central.edu or phone at 641-628-7641.

The battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the war and is often described as the war’s turning point. Barloon will examine the critical moments of the Battle of Gettysburg, as Northern victory was far from certain.

Barloon has been teaching history at Central for 18 years. He was born in Iowa, studied at both Iowa State University (B.A.,1998) and the University of Iowa (M.A.,1990) and received a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 2001. His area of expertise is American Military History, with special emphasis on the American Civil War.