Bruce Blackmon to Speak at Civil War 150 Exhibition

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Apr. 1, 2014 — Bruce Blackmon will present a lecture entitled "Tsar's, Vain Men, Bad Women and the Myth of the Ragged Rebel" in conjunction with the Civil War 150 exhibition in the Charles W. Coker Auditorium on Monday, Apr. 7 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Blackmon’s lecture will cover the lives of several prominent South Carolina men and women and how they impacted what the average South Carolina soldier wore during the war.

Blackmon is a native of Hartsville, S.C. and has been a civil war reenactor for over 15 years. He has participated in countless reenactments on over 25 original battlefields.  Currently, Blackmon serves as 'Colonel' of the Palmetto Battalion, a reenacting organization in the state that boasts over 400 members. It includes branches of infantry, artillery and cavalry.

Blackmon graduated from Coker in 1985. He double majored in communications and political science and was first honor graduate of his class. He received his master’s in public administration from UNC-Pembroke in 2005.

This event is apart of Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History from Mar. 31 to Apr. 21 hosted by The Charles W. & Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center. The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Release written by Alexa Bartel, the director of the library.


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