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Michael K. Shaffer to Present "Washington County in the Civil War" at the Bristol Public Library

September 02, 2013

Author and lecturer Michael K. Shaffer will present a talk on "Washington County in the Civil War" for the Bristol Historical Association on Monday, September 9, 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library. Shaffer, a Bristol Tennessee native, is the Assistant Director/Lecturer for the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is a Civil War historian, author, and newspaper columnist, who authored Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War in 2012. His Bristol lecture will cover the topic of this highly regarded book. Though no major battles were fought on Washington County’s soil, it quickly became a key supply area for Confederate armies. Federal efforts to secure this coveted region resulted in targeted attempts to destroy the area's vital resources. Shaffer will discuss the men and materiel Washington County provided to sustain the Confederate war effort. Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details on this or other upcoming programs, 276-669-3885, or by e-mail buchanan03@bvu.net.

Prior to joining the Civil War Center, Shaffer resided in Virginia, where he assisted the Historical Society of Washington County as Civil War historian, treasurer, and board member. He chaired the county's Civil War sesquicentennial committee, and served as the liaison between all counties in the southwestern portion of the Old Dominion, and the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission in Richmond. He has delivered various lectures on the Civil War, participated in the Barter Theatre's 360 panel discussions, the American Library Association’s ‘Making Sense of the American Civil War’ series, and led battlefield tours throughout the country. His accomplishments are diverse, consulting on Civil War history throughout the South.

The Monday September 9th presentation is in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.” This exciting evening and topic is free and the general public is invited to attend.

The Bristol Historical Association was founded in 1979 and currently owns a number of historic properties, including the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Robert Preston house. The association recently purchased the acreage around the 200 year old Preston residence located at exit 7, I-81 and is in initial stages of restoration. Isabel Ladd currently serves as president of the association.