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Thursday, May 24, 10:00 AM, Flag Ceremony at Fort Monroe during which the American flag will once again be raised over Fort Monroe.


Thursday, May 24, 7:00 PM, Fort Monroe Post Theater, 42 Tidball Road, Fort Monroe:

Author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening will provide Civil War insights in an informal interview.
FORT MONROE, VA – Fort Monroe will host New York Times bestselling author, Adam Goodheart on May 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. in its 400-seat historic theatre at 42 Tidball Road Fort Monroe, VA 23651, for an informal discussion on the Civil War. Don Roberts, WAVY TV 10 morning news anchor and author, will host Mr. Goodheart in an interview format.
Historian and journalist, Mr. Goodheart is the author of the New York Times bestselling book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in April 2011 and in paperback by Vintage Books in February 2012. The book has received wide critical acclaim; a cover review in the New York Times called it “exhilarating” “inspiring,” and “irresistible,” adding, “1861 creates the uncanny illusion that the reader has stepped into a time machine.” The Boston Globe’s reviewer wrote: “Hardly a page of this book lacks an insight of importance or a fact that beguiles the reader.” Mr. Goodheart’s book is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history and was named Book of the Year for 2011 by the History Book Club. It was also cited among the best books of 2011 by the New York Times, The Atlantic, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. President Obama recently invited him to the Oval Office to recognize 1861’s role in having Fort Monroe, Va. – in which part if the book is set – declared a national park.
Mr. Goodheart’s articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he has been a regular columnist for the Times’ acclaimed Civil War series, “Disunion.” He has made many broadcast media appearances, including on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Morning Edition,” and “All Things Considered,” and has given public lectures about 1861 at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Harvard University, Yale University, and many other venues.
Mr. Goodheart lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is director of Washington College’s C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, an institute for fostering innovative approaches to American history and culture.
“We are extremely excited about having Adam Goodheart share his extensive knowledge of American history and the significant role Fort Monroe played as a place where freedom began for many enslaved Americans”, says Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority. “One of the primary missions of Fort Monroe is to tell the Fort Monroe story and this public program is part of our outreach to the community.
1861: The Civil War Awakening presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began, an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents’ faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom.
The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Its narrative takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan; from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada; from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island; vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Phyllis Terrell, 757-251-2754 or
(This special event is free and open to the public, no reservation required)