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BOOK TALK:  Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters

On Thursday, May 4 at 12:00, Frye Gaillard will present a book talk on his publication Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in Montgomery. 

In his 2015 book Journey to the Wilderness, award-winning author Frye Gaillard reflects on the war -- and the way we remember it -- through the lens of letters written by his family, including great-great grandfather, Thomas Gaillard, and Thomas's sons, Franklin and Richebourg, both of whom were Confederate officers. Frye Gaillard came of age in a Southern generation that viewed the war as a glorious lost cause. However, as he read through letters collected and handed down by members his family, he confronted a far more sobering truth.

Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, has written extensively on southern race relations, politics and culture. He is former Southern Editor at The Charlotte Observer and has written or edited more than twenty books. His award-winning titles include Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music; If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity; Prophet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy; and As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East. Gaillard now lives on the Alabama Gulf Coast with his wife, Nancy, who teaches in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama.

Copies of Gaillard’s book will be available for purchase at the presentation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call (334) 353-4689. 

Thu., May. 4, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:00PM

More Information on Website:

Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave Montgomery, AL 36104

Category: History, Community

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