DOVER — The Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table will host author and Penn State Behrend University history professor Dr. Joseph Beilein on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Dover Public Library.
Dr. Beilein will present, "The Portrait of a Killer: What Did William Clarke Quantrill Actually Look Like?"
"We all know what Quantrill looked like – or at least we think we do," says Beilein. "Students of the Civil War, buffs, genealogists, professional scholars, and the interested laypeople all possess an image of the most infamous bushwhacker of the war in their minds. But there is a problem: their picture of Quantrill is either out of focus or it is the portrait of the wrong man altogether. A survey of the covers of Quantrill’s biographies coupled with a quick internet search reveals more than a handful of varied likenesses of Quantrill; they can’t all be the same man. Let’s figure out which one depicts the man so famous for his bloodletting during the war and talk about why it is that we can’t settle on just one picture of Quantrill."
Before arriving at Penn State Behrend, Joe received his B.A. in history from Kenyon College and his M.A. and Ph.D., both in history, from the University of Missouri. His greatest area of interest is the history of the American Civil War with specializations in guerrilla warfare and gender. Joe is the author of the recently published article, "The Guerrilla Shirt: A Labor of Love and the Style of Rebellion in Civil War Missouri," which appeared in the journal Civil War History in June 2012. He enjoys teaching courses in American History, the History of the Civil War, and American Military History and sharing his passion for history with the students at Penn State Behrend.
The Tuscarawas Valley Civil War Round Table meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dover Public Library.
"Ever since Appomattox, historians, military tacticians and amateur scholars have been fascinated by the Civil War," says Brian Hutras, Civil War Round Table co-organizer. "We want the public to know they are welcome to our programs. Each month, a different speaker will provide an engaging and informative look at a particular aspect of the Civil War."
For more information or to register for Dr. Beilein’s presentation, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.