Regimental chaplains will be the subject of the Jan. 17 meeting of the Tallmadge Civil War Society. Dr. Lucius Wedge will present a lecture, "Providential Visitation: Civil War Chaplains and the Creation of Memory." The meeting kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall on Tallmadge Circle, and is free and open to the public.
Though technically officers, Civil War chaplains were not part of the formal command structure. They have also been something of an enigma to historians. Wedge proposes that the regimental chaplain's ability to mediate the relationship between the soldiers and often distant civilian populations proved their most significant role.
The speaker completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Akron in 2013, where he studied with the noted Civil War scholar Lesley Gordon. An adjunct professor at several northeast Ohio colleges, he studies the interaction between Christianity and politics during the Civil War era. His forthcoming book is under review by the University of Tennessee Press.
Founded in 1986, the Tallmadge Civil War Society is an organization devoted to the study of the American Civil War. It hosts monthly programs featuring authors and noted experts in the field discussing the war's social, political, and military history. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the conflict. For more information about the Society or to join, contact President Ralph Jordan at 330-630-2474.