Community members can hear about the various Civil War battles that spanned the Ozarks at a guest lecture at Missouri S&T.
John Bradbury, retired assistant director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, will present “Civil War Across the Ozarks” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, located on the Missouri S&T campus. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned good item for the Missouri S&T Student Diversity Initiatives food pantry benefiting all students in need of assistance.
The lecture is a part of the library’s Civil War summer exposition taking place through August. An art gallery comprised of approximately 80 Civil War paintings and sketches by Rolla artist Dan Woodward decorate the library’s second floor. The third floor will also house an exhibit featuring artifacts from John Bradbury’s personal collection, items from the Claire V. Mann collection held by S&T Archives, and materials from the State Historical Society of Missouri. Viewings are free and open to the public during regular library hours which are available online at library.mst.edu or by calling 573-341-4008. The art will remain on display through the end of August.
The next event in the summer exposition will be a lecture titled “Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?” This lecture by historian Dr. George Hoemann will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13.
For more information about the summer series, visit facebook.com/sandtlibrary.
Mr. Ehrhard, I’ve spent the past year researching my Hawkins family genealogy from 1830-1880 in the southern Missouri counties of Howell, Ozark, Oregon, and Texas, and the northern Arkansas counties of Fulton, Izard, and Baxter. Currently I am researching the years 1861-1864 in these counties and my families involvement. Col. William Monks in his book “A History of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas” related how he personally killed my great uncle Benjamin F. Hawkins in 1862 and ordered executed by firing squad my great uncle John Calvin Hawkins in 1863. Both brothers were confederate bushwhackers. Monks describes the events generally in his book, I seeking to discover more details of the events. Someone told me I need to contact Mr. John F. Bradbury because of his extensive research and writings about the civil war in Missouri and Arkansas. Would you help me make contact with him? Sincerely, Richard W. Hawkins, Stillwater, OK.
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