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Civil War Center to present April 25 author talk with Clayton J. Butler

ISSUED: 10 April 2024
MEDIA CONTACT: Cecelia Mason

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVShepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War is welcoming author Clayton J. Butler to present his lecture “Turning the Tide: Alabama’s White Unionists during Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction” on Thursday, April 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Author Clayton ButlerThe lecture is based on Butler’s book “True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction.” The book explores why and how the group of white Alabama Unionists maintained their ties to the Union and delves into how they were perceived by those in the Confederacy and the rest of the United States. Consequentially, Butler considers the Alabama Unionists’ experiences during the war, their evolving goals, and their role in the Reconstruction era.

Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2020. He currently works at the University of Virginia Press where he is the assistant editor for the American South and A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era series.

“True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction” was published by LSU Press in 2022. Four Seasons Books will provide copies of the book for purchase during the event. This event is free and open to the public. 

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