Leesburg, VA (Nov. 29, 2015) – “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will be presented at Rust Library from October 30 through December 18. The exhibit examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
The traveling exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Loudoun County Public Library was chosen as one of the exhibit sites, receiving a grant from NEH to host the 1,000-square-foot exhibit for six weeks.
A series of programs at Rust Library will accompany the exhibit, featuring Civil War historians, writers, and musicians:
John M. Priest will discuss his latest book, “Stand to It and Give them Hell,” on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. A retired high school history teacher, Priest has written many works on the American Civil War including “Into the Fight: Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg and Antietam: the Soldiers’ Battle.” Book sale and signing.
Christopher Hamner, associate professor of history at George Mason University and currently visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College, will lead a two-part discussion series:
• Rebellion and Reconstruction Under the Constitution, Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., will explore how Lincoln waged war against the Confederacy and his plans to restore the Union after the conclusion of hostilities.
Chris Mackowski, a historian at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, will discuss his recent book, “Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.
James A. Morgan III, an acquisitions librarian for the State Department and a guide at Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, will discuss his book “A Little Short of Boats: The Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry,” October 21-22, 1861 on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.