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War Along the Wabash: The Ohio Indian Confederacy’s Destruction of the U.S. Army, 1791

by Steven P. Locke

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 7 p.m. ET | Virtual

On Nov. 4, 1791, a coalition of warriors determined to set the Ohio River as a permanent boundary between tribal lands and white settlements faced forces under Gen. Arthur St. Clair. The resulting wilderness struggle ended in the greatest defeat of an American Army at the hands of Native Americans in U.S. history. Historian Steven Locke tells the story of how a small band of determined Indigenous peoples defended their homeland, destroyed an invading American Army on the Wabash River, and forced a fundamental shift in the way in which the United States waged war.

Steven P. Locke is a retired curator of history for the Ohio Historical Society. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard, then taught history in the Granville, Ohio, Exempted School District. He studied at both undergraduate and graduate level at the Ohio State University.

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All Roads Led to Gettysburg: A New Look at the Civil War’s Pivotal Campaign

by Troy Harman

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 7 p.m. ET | Virtual

Gettysburg Battlefield Ranger and historian Troy Harman draws on a lifetime of researching the Civil War and more than 30 years of studying the terrain of the Gettysburg area to reframe the story of the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about Harman’s new interpretation of the 1863 campaign, in which he argues that once the Confederates invaded Pennsylvania with the Union Army in pursuit, a battle at Gettysburg was entirely predictable, and perhaps inevitable.

Troy D. Harman has been a National Park Service Ranger since 1984. His assignments have included historical interpretation at Appomattox Court House N.H.P., Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania N.M.P., and, since 1989, Gettysburg N.M.P. He is also the author of “Lee’s Real Plan at Gettysburg” (2003).

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American Traitor: General James Wilkinson’s Betrayal of the Republic and Escape from Justice

by Howard W. Cox

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 7 p.m. ET | Virtual

Howard Cox’s “American Traitor” examines the career of the notorious Brig. Gen. James Wilkinson, whose corruption and espionage exposed the United States to grave dangers during the early years of the republic. Wilkinson’s military career began during the Revolutionary War and continued through the War of 1812. As he rose to the rank of commanding general of the U.S. Army, Wilkinson betrayed virtually everyone he worked with to advance his career and finances. Cox picks apart Wilkinson’s misdeeds with the eye of an experienced investigator.

Howard W. Cox is a former trial attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, former staff counsel of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and former federal prosecutor and assistant inspector general for investigations at the CIA.

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