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Seen the Glory: a novel of the Battle of Gettysburg

John Hough, Jr

The What's Falmouth Reading? Committee has chosen Seen the Glory: a novel of
the Battle of Gettysburg
 by John Hough, Jr. as the 2012 read.
Our country is also celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and
our town library was built as a memorial to Falmouth residents who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Here's what the Booklist reviewer said:
"Two young boys, fueled by the idealism instilled in them by their
abolitionist father, go to war in this impressive Civil War novel.
When Martha's Vineyard residents Luke and Thomas Chandler
enlist in the Union Army, they end up in the Massachusetts 20th
—a regiment destined for both tragedy and glory in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Initially ill-prepared for the rigors of the soldiering life,
the brothers eventually adapt, providing an emotional safety net for each other
until a shattering family secret threatens to destroy them both.
Hough excels at re-creating the chaos, the confusion, and the
brutality of war, and his searing, authentically rendered battle scenes,
should satisfy Civil War enthusiasts. A heartrending
family saga wrapped up in an epic clash of armies and ideals."

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Author Visit  by  John Hough, Jr.
Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 PM
Morse Pond School Auditorium
323 Jones Road

Mr. Hough grew up here in Falmouth, and is now a Martha's Vineyard resident.
He decided to write Seen the Glory after visiting the Gettysburg battlefield.
He explained: "It truly is hallowed ground, and I was stirred by it some deep way.
Something important happened there; a great battle, yes, but something more.
The answer came four months later, when President Lincoln came to the battlefield
and delivered the Gettysburg Address. Suddenly this terrible battle, and the war itself
had meaning. I tried to capture that meaning -- the moral equation of the Civil War -- in my novel."

This event is offered to the public FREE of charge.

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(All Book Discussions are FREE of charge and open to the Public)
Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM
East Falmouth Public Library
310 East Falmouth Highway (Rte. 28)

Tuesday, January 17
Old Silver Beach Book Club

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 PM
Falmouth Public Library
300 Main Street
508-457-2555, ext. 6

Friday, February 10 at 4:00 PM
West Falmouth Library
575 West Falmouth Highway (Rte. 28A)

* NOTE! Date Change* Due to the snowstorm on Wednesday, February 29
the book discussion at Woods Hole Public Library
has been postponed
Woods Hole Public Library
Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
581 Woods Hole Road
Public Welcome!

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Jan. 23-29: Prologue; Part I, Chapters 1-12
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5: Part I, Chapters 13-17
Feb. 6 - 12: Part II, Chapters 1-7
Feb. 13 -19: Part II, Chapters 8-11, Epilogue

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(All What's Falmouth Reading? events are offered to the public FREE of charge)

THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG: The Event and Its Significance
Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM
Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street
508-457-2555, ext. 6
Professor CLAUDINE BARNES teaches courses on the Civil War at
Cape Cod Community College. Professor DEBRA MURPHY, also a Professor
at CCCC, volunteers every summer at the Gettysburg National Battlefield site.
They will share their insights and experiences.

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM
Morse Pond School Auditorium, 323 Jones Rd, Falmouth
508-457-2555, ext.6
Noted author (and Martha’s Vineyard resident) TONY HORWITZ will discuss his new book:
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.
He will also discuss unhealed scars left in the South by the War Between the States,
as dealt with in his earlier book Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Eight Cousins Bookstore will provide copies of both books for sale & signing at this event.

Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 pm
Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street
508-457-2555, ext.6
BRAD PETERS and JAN ROSS share their experience visiting five Civil War Battlefields.
Their program will include a display and discussion of their collection of Civil War artifacts. 
Audience members will be allowed to look at the artifacts up close and also handle them.  

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm
Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street
508-457-2555, ext.6
Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, President of Bridgewater State University, will talk about the problems
faced by free immigrants from the Cape Verde Islands in New England during the Civil War era.

WALT WHITMAN by Gerry Wright
Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm
West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Hwy (Rte 28A)
Performance artist Gerry Wright becomes Walt Whitman
in his one-man show portraying the life and work of the "Civil War Poet"
highlighting his life's work -- Leaves of Grass.
This What's Falmouth Reading? committee event is FREE and open to the public.


Family Story Walk Saturday, March 10
10:00 am to 3:00pm
Grab your family & your sneakers . . read a book together on Main Street!
Starting at Falmouth Public Library, read the 1st page of DADBLAMED UNION ARMY COW,
the 2012 What's Falmouth Reading? book for youngest readers.
With pamphlet guide in hand, go up & down Main Street to listed locations to read
the entire story, ending at the Library.
Cosponsored by The What's Falmouth Reading? Committee, the Coalition for Children &
Falmouth Public Library Children's Dept.

BULL RUN Readers' Theater
Audition recommended for ages 12-112: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Rehearsals: Tuesday - Thursday, April 17-19, 2012
Performance recommended for ages 10 and up: Friday, April 20, 2012
All activities take place in the Falmouth Public Library's Hermann Foundation Room beginning at1:30 pm

Falmouth community members aged 12-112 take on a variety of characters affected by the battle
in expressive oral interpretation of the narrative vignettes from the book.
The book Bull Run by Paul Fleischman is available at the Falmouth Public Library.
This program is offered to the public FREE of charge with generous support from the
Falmouth Public Library Trustees and the Early Childhood Resource Center.


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February 11
GLORY (1989)
122 min. Rated R. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington.
Two idealistic young Bostonians lead the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry,
America's first African American regiment in the Civil War. Winner of 3 Academy Awards.

February 18
106 min. Not Rated. Starring: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Katharine Ross.
A Virgina farmer refuses to support either the Union or the Confederacy during the Civil War
--until his son is taken prisoner. Seeing the horrors of war first-hand, he is at last forced to take a stand.

February 25
115 min. Not Rated.Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas. Director: George Cukor.
Humorous and sentimental chronicle of the fortunes of the four March sisters as they grow
into womanhood in Massachusetts during the harsh times of the Civil War.
118 min. Rated PG. Starring: Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst.
Story of the March family's four daughters and their strong mother, who must raise them alone
while her husband is away during the civil war.The sisters grow into young adults, developing
independence, virtue and also finding romance.

March 3
76 min. Not Rated. Directed by and starring: Buster Keaton.
Popular silent film accompanist RICHARD HUGHES returns to Falmouth
to give new life to this fabulous silent film starring Buster Keaton. Northern spies steal a
locomotive (called "the General"), racing it back to Yankee territory. But, not if Buster can help it,
as he is the General's engineer. This romantic comedy is inventive, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining,
and based on an actual Civil War event.

March 10
137 min. Not Rated.Starring GAry Cooper, Dorothy McGuire.
Experiences of an Indiana Quaker family in 1862 beset by the realities of the Civil War;
showing their religious beliefs, worldly temptations and reactions in time of crisis.

March 17
133 min. Rated G. Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland.
Immortal story of Scarlett O'Hara, daughter of a Southern plantation owner. This compelling romance
is set against the bloodshed, destruction and tragedy of the Civil War as experienced in the South.

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African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Historical Society brings together nearly 120 historical manuscripts and
rare published works from the late 17th century through the abolition of slavery by the
Massachusetts Constitution in 1780.

Boston Public Library Civil War Exhibition
Torn in Two, live at the BPL through December 31. Virtual Tour of the exhibition
will remain accessible via a Link on the BPL’s Maps website:
Includes maps, photos, art work and documents as well as lesson plans
and curriculum guides.

Civil War Photographs in the Library of Congress
Vast and comprehensive collection.

The Civil War: Selected Resources in the Library of Congress
Brings together all Library of Congress digital resources pertaining
to the U.S. Civil War. Links to maps, music, photos, resource guides,
webcasts and more.

Images of the Civil War
Photographs used in Ken Burns’ Civil War film series.

Massachusetts Historical Society Commemorates the Civil War
Online presentation of manuscripts, lectures by noted scholars, K-12
classroom tools, exhibitions and more.

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 -- Websites

Battle of Gettysburg: Animated
Created by Boston area computer interactive designer Anthony Tecce
for a project as a college student.

Battle of Gettysburg, by the Civil War Trust
Nonprofit organization working to preserve America’s Civil War
Battlefields from encroachment by commercial development. 
Includes maps, photos and more.

Gettysburg Discussion Group
Established in 1995 to preserve documents connected with the Battle,
and provide discussion forum for over 700 members
world-wide.  List of internet links to additional Gettysburg sites.

Gettysburg Foundation
Devoted to preservation and understanding of the significance of the
Battle of Gettysburg in partnership with the National
Park Service, Click on Tab: History & Relevance

Gettysburg National Military Park, PA
Part of the National Park service, which includes museum and visitor
center.  Website includes info on Park events and ranger
programs.  Website also includes links to 2 blogs:  From the
Fields of Gettysburg and The Gettysburg School Bus, with topics
for teachers & students.  The Gettysburg National Military
Park is also on Facebook.

U. S. Army Battle of Gettysburg Site
Includes animated battle scene maps (requires Flash Player), showing
hour by hour battle sequences.  Photos and background
information on participants.


The Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of two who were there.

Separate accounts based on reminiscences of Lydia Catherine Ziegler and Hugh McClain Ziegler.

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American Civil War: the Essential Reference Guide.  J. R. Arnott,ed.
  REF 973.7  AME

Atlas of the Civil War: a Comprehensive Guide to the Tactics & Terrain of Battle.
  Natl. Geographic. REF Atlas 973.73 NAT

Civil War Almanac.  J. C. Fredriksen.  REF 973.7 FRE

Civil War and Reconstruction: Eyewitness history series. Rodney P.Carlisle.
   REF 973.7 CAR

Civil War: People and Perspectives.  L. T. Frank,ed.
    973.71 CIV

Confederate Colonels: a Biographical Register.  B. S. Allardyce.
    REF 973.782 ALL

Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: a Political, Social and Military History.
     4 v.  D. S. Heidler, ed.  REF 973.7 HEI

Encyclopedia of the Confederacy.  4 vols.  Richard N.Current, ed.

Eyewitness History: Civil War and Reconstruction.  Rodney Carlisle.  REF 973.7 CAR

Historical Dictionary of the Civil War.  2 v.  Terry L. Jones.  REF 973.7 JON

The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. Margaret E. Wagner, G.W. Gallagher;
    P.Finkelman, Eds.   REF 973.7 LIB

The Photographic History of the Civil War: thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65.
    Francis Trevelyan Miller, Robert S. Lanier, editors.  10 v.  REF  973.7 PHO

The Underground Railroad: an Encyclopedia of People, Places and Operations.  2 v.
    M. E . Snodgrass.  REF 973.7115 SNO

Voices of Civil War America: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life.  L. A. Kreiser. REF 973.78 VOI

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The age of Lincoln.  Orville Vernon Burton.   973.5 BUR

American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg. Craig L. Symonds.  973.7349 SYM

American Scoundrel: the Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles.
    Thomas Keneally. 923.273 Sickles

Cemetery Hill: Lee's Real Plan at Gettysburg.  Troy Harman.  973.7349 HAR

Gettysburg.  Stephen W. Sears.  973.7349 SEA

Gettysburg: Dramatization [sound recording].  Jerry Robbins & the Colonial Radio Players.
    Unabridged.  3 CD sound discs.  Highly detailed and accurate.
   General Buford's skirmish line, Pickett's Charge & listening as President Lincoln
    delivers his address.  CD SPOKEN 973.7349 GET

Gettysburg.   Editors of Time-Life Books.  973.7349 GET

Gettysburg: a Testing of Courage.   Noah Andre Trudeau.  973.7349 TRU

Gettysburg -- The First Day.  Harry W. Pfanz.   973.7349 PFA

Gettysburg: the Long Encampment.  Jack McLaughlin.  973.7349 MCL

Gettysburg:  You Are There.  Robert Clasby.   973.7349 CLA

Glory Road: the Bloody Route from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg. Bruce Catton.  973.7 CAT

Hallowed Ground : a Walk at Gettysburg.   James M. McPherson.  973.7349 MCP

Marching to Victory. Chapter 9-13.  Eyewitness to Gettysburg : the story of Gettysburg
    as told by the leading correspondent of his day Charles Carleton Coffin.
   : Introduction & notes by John W. Schildt.  (Large Print)  LP 973.7349 COF

The Most Glorious Fourth: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, July 4, 1863.   Duane P. Schultz. 973.7349 SCH

Nine Months to Gettysburg: Stannard's Vermonters and the Repulse of Pickett's Charge.  Howard     Coffin.  973.7 COF

Pickett's Charge; a Microhistory of the Final Attack at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.  George Stewart.
    973.7349 STE

Soldiers' Battle: Gettysburg. James Warner Bellah.   973.7349 BEL

Tried by War [sound recording]: Abraham Lincoln as commander-in-chief. James M. McPherson.
    Narr. G. Guidall. Unabridged.  8 discs: CD SPOKEN 923.173 Lincoln BEL

Witness to Gettysburg.  Richard Wheeler.  973.7349 WHE

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Billy and the Rebel: Based on a True Civil War Story. Deborah
   Hopkinson; illus. by Brian Floca. J EASYREAD Hopkinson

Brady.  Jean Fritz; illus. by Lynd Ward.  J FICTION Fritz

Bull Run.  Paul Fleischman.  J FICTION Fleischman;    also, J CD SPOKEN Fleischman.

Cecil's Story.  George Ella Lyon; Ptngs by Peter Catalanotto.   J PICTURE Lyon

Civil War on Sunday.  Mary P. Osborne; illus. by S. Murdocca.  J EARLY CHAPTER Osborne

Dadblamed Union Army Cow.  Susan Fletcher; illus. by K. B.Root.  J PICTURE  Fletcher

Dear Ellen Bee: a Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies. Mary E. Lyons.  J FICTION Lyons

Escape by Night.  Laurie Myers.  J FICTION Myers

Gabriel's Horses.   Alison Hart.   J FICTION Hart

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: the Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl.
    Joyce Hansen.  J FICTION Dear America

Joseph: a Rumble of War, 1861.  Bonnie Pryor; illus. by Bert Dodson.  J FICTION Pryor

The Journal of James Edmond Pease, a Civil War Union Soldier.  Jim Murphy. J FICTION Dear America

A Light in the Storm: the Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin.  Karen Hesse. J FICTION Dear America

Li'l Dan, the Drummer Boy: a Civil War Story.   Romare Bearden.  J PICTURE Bearden

The Long Road to Gettysburg.   Jim Murphy.   J 973.7

My Brother's Keeper : Virginia's Diary.  Mary Pope Osborne. J FICTION Dear America

My Last Skirt: the Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier.  Lynda Durrant.  J FICTION Durrant

Pink and Say.  Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco.  J ADVANCED PICTURE Polacco

Silent Thunder [sound recording]: a Civil War Story. Andrea D.Pinkney.  J CD SPOKEN  Pinkney

Watcher in the Piney Woods.   Elizabeth McDavid Jones. J MYSTERY American Girl

Will at the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.  L. Calkkoven.  J FICTION Calkoven

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