Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lecture promises insight on lesser known Confederate "heroes"

Military historian and award-winning author of The Hunt for Confederate Gold Thomas Moore will lecture on what he terms are the “lesser known heros of the Confederacy” this weekend. The lecture, entitled Lesser Known Heroes of the Confederacy: Pelham, Pegram and Pendleton: The Gallant Young Men of the Confederacy will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at the John Barton Payne Building.

Moore was a leader in Washington's defense and international security community and an expert consultant to the firearms industry. He served two years in the Pentagon during the Reagan Administration and five years in the U.S. Senate, including the Professional Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee under Chairman Strom Thurmond. From 1995 to 1998 he was director of defense and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation.

His opinion columns and analytical articles have been published on a wide variety of national security issues. Before completing The Hunt for Confederate Gold he wrote a nonfiction narrative School for Genius: The Story of Switzerland’s Federal Technical Institute on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of this world-famous university.

He has begun work on There Lives the Moment, a story of the Battle of Gettysburg uniquely set in 1913 when 10,000 Union and Confederate survivors returned to the epic battlefield of their youth for a 50th anniversary commemorative encampment, where they confronted searing memories of triumph and loss.

Mr. Moore is a 1970 graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina; attended the University of Grenoble, France under a French Government Scholarship, and earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The event is sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute. Volunteers and lecturers are encouraged to contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607.

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