Gettysburg: Three Days in July

On the farms and roadways near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the first three days of July 1863, a ferocious struggle yielded a Union victory, a Confederate legend and a memory central to the American story. In three class sessions we discuss the political and military considerations that brought both armies to that hallowed ground, as well as the lasting results of the battle. The ebb and flow on the battlefield is thoroughly covered in a non-technical manner. Our emphasis, however, is on the personal stories, the bold and the fearful, the great and the humble, the wise and the rash among those on the field and those who waited at home.

Laurence Kerr is a Career Member (Retired) of the US Senior Foreign Service. From 1964 to 1974, Mr. Kerr served in the US Army. Following service in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Germany as an airborne infantry and special operations office, he began a twenty-five year career in the US State Department. After assignments in Mexico, Singapore, Guatemala, Washington DC, Chile and the Republic of Georgia, his final posting was as Assistant Professor of Grand Strategy and National Security Studies at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University. There he lectured on the history of the great empires, the history of military thought, national security strategy and Mexico. He also served as Distinguished Lecturer at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington and as lecturer in American Politics at the University of the Americas near Mexico City.

At a Glance

Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 2019

1-3 p.m.

Port Townsend
(Peninsula College)
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Location Details

Peninsula College – Room 207 
Fort Worden, 202 Eisenhower Avenue
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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