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Two local authors tell new stories about the Civil War

A Virginia and a Maryland author are each scheduled to speak this week about their recently published books contributing new information about the Civil War, a sometimes difficult undertaking when there are already more than 75,000 other books on the subject.

Carl Sell of Alexandria, Va. will discuss his book, “Thank God, He Survived Pickett’s Charge” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. He has researched the military record of his great-grandfather, Confederate Pvt. James Farthing, who was wounded during Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and survived only to be wounded again a year later. He was captured nine days before the war ended but was one of the lucky ones who got to go home when it was all over.

On Saturday, Annapolis resident and author R. Rebecca Morris will launch her new book, “A Low Dirty Place: The Parole Camps of Annapolis, Md.: 1862-1865” at the center green of the Annapolis Towne Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. Her subject is the little-known Parole Camps in Annapolis for Confederate prisoners of war who had been paroled by Union officials after they had taken an oath not to again take up arms against Union forces. It was at these camps that they waited to be exchanged for Union prisoners held in the Confederacy.

The event will take place at the site of the third and final Camp Parole which opened in late August 1862. The rain date is Aug. 18.


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