Monday, February 24, 2020

CANCELLED: Danville library to host book talk about Indiana Civil War unit

UPDATE: This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Danville Public Library will hold a book talk and signing by local author Jennifer Thompson on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am in the library's program room on the ground floor. Thompson is the author of Above Us or Around Us: The Story & Men of the Bloody Eighth. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry (with 784 men) organized for three months of service (April 25 - August 2). When the war did not end as quickly as expected, the regiment (with 1046 men) reorganized for three years of service. This presentation will provide a brief history of the three-month and three-year Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, some problems faced in the regiment, and claims to fame and tragic endings of some of the soldiers.

Jenny Thompson graduated with a Bachelor;s in General Studies from IU in 2002 and a Masters in Military Studies - Civil War from AMU in 2006. She has served as the editor of the Hardtack since 2006. She is an adjunct History professor at American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University). On March 3, 2017, the Caroline Scott Harrison DAR Chapter presented her the "Woman in American History Award" for her outstanding work and accomplishments.

Thompson will have signed sets of her four volume book available for $70 (they are $95 on Amazon). If you want a set, please contact her at so she will know how many sets to bring to the program.

Pre-registration is required - register online via the events link on the library's website, or call (317) 745-2604.

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