Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bruce Blackmon will present a lecture entitled "Tsars, Vain Men, Bad Women and the Myth of the Ragged Rebel" in conjunction with the Civil War 150 exhibition in the Charles W. Coker Auditorium on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The Civil War in South Carolina boasted of several prominent women who would make  the fictional Scarlett O'Hara look tame. Bruce Blackmon will talk about the tumultuous lives of these fiery women (along with a few vain men)  and how they impacted, not only what the average S.C. soldier wore during the conflict, but also the myths that arose about them after the war. 

Blackmon is a native of Hartsville, S.C. and has been a civil war re-enactor for over 15 years. He has participated in countless reenactments on over 25 original battlefields. Currently, Blackmon serves as 'Colonel' of the Palmetto Battalion, a reenacting organization in the state that boasts over 400 members. It includes branches of infantry, artillery and cavalry.

Blackmon graduated from Coker in 1985. He double majored in communications and political science and was first honor graduate of his class. He received his master’s in public administration from UNC-Pembroke in 2005.

This event is a part of Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History from Mar. 31 to Apr. 21 hosted by The Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library. The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

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