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Sons of East Tennessee: Civil War Veterans Divided & Reconciled – Book Talk

May 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Sons of East Tennessee: Civil War Veterans Divided & Reconciled - Book Talk
Brown Bag 2022 Lecture Series with Jack Brubaker


Author Jack Brubaker will discuss his new book, Sons of East Tennessee: Civil War Veterans Divided and Reconciled. Published by McFarland early this year, the book tells the long-lost story of two aging Civil War veterans mourning the death of their sons at a joint funeral in Knoxville National Cemetery in 1899. One father, Gen. Reuben F. Bernard, a native of Hawkins County, had fought as a Union cavalry officer. The other, William A. McCorkle, a doctor from Hawkins County, had served as surgeon of a Confederate cavalry regiment. They met for the first time at the graves of their sons, army lieutenants and University of Tennessee graduates killed together in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

This lecture is a partnership with Union Ave Books.

Jack Brubaker writes a weekly column exploring area history and culture for LNP, the daily newspaper in Lancaster, Pa. He is a retired investigative reporter for LNP. He has written seven books, including Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake (Penn State Press, 2002) and Massacre of the Conestogas (The History Press, 2010). He is a regular contributor to Pennsylvania Heritage magazine.



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