Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Lecture: Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier

Thursday, December 12, 2013

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2013-12-12 19:00 - 20:15

Gettysburg's Unknown Soldier relates one of the best known human interest stories to emerge from the battle, telling how a dead Union soldier was identified by means of the photograph of his three children he clutched in his hand as he died. The incident caused widespread publicity throughout the North and inspired a flood of prose, poetry, and song.

It also led to the establishment of a soldiers' orphans' home in Gettysburg, to which the celebrated soldier's family moved in the postwar years. The story has been related countless times since the Civil War era, but until Mark Dunkelman's 1999 book, Sergeant Amos Humiston always appeared solely as a corpse on the battlefield. In his talk, Dunkelman will relate the fortuitous circumstances that enabled him to discover sources that shed light on Amos Humiston the living man and loving husband and father.

Mark H. Dunkelman is a historian, artist, and musician. A native of Buffalo, New York, and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has written five books and dozens of articles on various aspects of the history of the 154th New York, the Civil War regiment in which his great-grandfather (and Amos Humiston) served. He lives in Providence.

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