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CWRTDC'S NEXT MEETING
AT FORT MYER AND VIA ZOOM
DAVID KENT, JR.
discusses his new book
"Lincoln: The Fire of Genius"
Thursday, October 13, 2022
in the Abrams/Chafee Room
at Patton Hall Officers' Club 214 Jackson Avenue, Ft. Myer, VA 22211
(take the elevator to the right as you enter the building and press Floor 2 or
take the stairs to up two levels)
5:30 pm ET: Social Period (cash bar)
6:00pm: Dinner Served
($40 for dinner and presentations; $5 for presentations only)
Abraham Lincoln had a lifelong fascination with science and technology, a fascination that would help institutionalize science, win the Civil War, and propel the nation into the modern age. Readers will learn through Lincoln: The Fire of Genius how science and technology gradually infiltrated Lincoln’s remarkable life and influenced his growing desire to improve the condition of all men. The book traces this progression from a simple farm boy to a president who changed the world.
Counter to conventional wisdom, subsistence farming provides a considerable education in agronomic science, forest ecology, hydrology, and even a little civil engineering. Continuing through a lifetime of self-study, curiosity, and hard work, Lincoln became the only President with a patent, advocated for technological advancement as a legislator in Illinois and in Washington, and became the “go-to” western lawyer on technology, and patent cases during his legal career. During the Civil War, Lincoln drew upon his commitment to science and personally encouraged inventors while taking dramatic steps to institutionalize science via the Smithsonian Institution, create the National Academy of Sciences, and initiate the Department of Agriculture. Lincoln’s insistence on high-tech weaponry, balloon surveillance, strategic use of telegraphy, and railroad deployment positioned the North to achieve Union victory.
About the Speaker:
David J. Kent is the author of books on Abraham Lincoln, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. His newest book is "Lincoln: The Fire of Genius." A lifelong Abraham Lincoln researcher and career scientist, he is the President of the Lincoln Group of DC, on the Executive Committee/Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and on the Board of Advisors for the Lincoln Forum. His website is davidjkent-writer.com.
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About the Topic:
Near the end of his life, Mark Twain wrote that the American Civil War had "uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations."
Really? Just two...or three generations?
In his talk, Why the Civil War Still Lives, Gregg Clemmer will compare and contrast the details and events of the 1860s with those of today – everything from clothing styles, poems, and music to speeches, food, and movies to the famous, infamous, and forgotten. But of more importance, perhaps, what is The War's enduring legacy? And how do Americans of today compare with those from that time in their response to devastating events?
Expect the unexpected!
About the Speaker:
Gregg S. Clemmer is a native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia Tech. He also received a master's degree in military history from Norwich University in Vermont. Mr. Clemmer numbers two Union generals and 14 “in-the-trenches” Confederates in his ancestry, including members of Armistead’s and the Stonewall brigades.
A writer and historian of eclectic interests, Mr. Clemmer thrives on connecting the obscure with the notable, chronicling relatively unknown historic incidents and their relevance to the fabric of modern America, reminding us of the history many have forgotten. He is an eloquent speaker and a gifted storyteller -- talents that he demonstrated leading battlefield tours for the Smithsonian and appearing on MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Radio.
Mr. Clemmer's diligent research over a dozen years resulted recently in the discovery of two notable caches of letters and a treasure trove of primary records on General Ed "Old Alleghany" Johnson. The ensuing biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson, is the definitive history of the general, and it won the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award in 2005 as the book of highest merit in the field of Southern history.
Aside from writing Old Alleghany, Mr.Clemmeris the author of, among others, the acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor and his first historical novel, A Turn for Home. Mr.Clemmeris also the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and he is currently working on a sequel to his novel.
Mr. Clemmer served as President of the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table and as President of the Butler Cave Conservation Society, Inc. He is currently on the Board of the Augusta County (VA) Historical Society. Mr Clemmer is also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, a member of the Aztec Club of 1847, and a life member and fellow of the National Speleological Society.
Mr. Clemmer is a study leader for the Smithsonian’s Associates Program, specializing not only in Civil War and Revolutionary War tours, but also cave tours. A former professor of history at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland, he has also been an on-board lecturer for American Cruise Lines, focusing on the histories of the Columbia and Mississippi Rivers.