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Grant at Vicksburg and Lee at Gettysburg to be Topic of Upcoming Talk at LSU Libraries Special Collections July 9

07/05/2013 09:28 AM

BATON ROUGE – Historian Harry S. Laver will present “Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and the Art of Command: Generalship and the Decisive Battle,” on Tuesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. in LSU’s Hill Memorial Library. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.


The Siege at Vicksburg and the Battle of Gettysburg were major turning points of the Civil War, both taking place in the summer of 1863. Laver will discuss how the outcome of these two decisive battles can be attributed to Gens. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and examine whether their respective performances live up to their 21st-century reputations for generalship.


Laver is a professor of American history at Southeastern Louisiana University. His most recent book, “The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant: A General Who Will Fight” (University of Kentucky Press, 2012), explores Grant’s uncommon personal determination and its role in his leadership style and military success. In addition, Laver is a co-editor of “The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell,” also published by the University of Kentucky Press.


Laver’s talk is held in connection with the current Special Collections exhibit “The Summer of 1863: Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Port Hudson,” which is on view through Sept. 7 in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall. This small exhibition includes materials from Special Collections that reflect on these three pivotal and strategically significant events of the American Civil War that occurred 150 years ago this summer.


Hill Memorial Library is located just east of the Indian Mounds and the intersection of Field House Drive and North Stadium Road. Free and unrestricted parking is available that evening behind Hill Library, just steps from the entrance. The parking lot entrance is located on Field House Drive.  


For additional information, contact 225-578-6544 or email

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