October 8, 2004 Washington in the Civil War to Be Discussed on Oct. 26

A "Books & Beyond" Series Presentation

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Historian and biographer Ernest B. Furgurson will discuss his new book, "Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War" (Knopf, 2004), at the Library of Congress at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the sixth-floor Montpelier Room of the Library's James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington D.C. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk.

Furgurson's lecture is part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, which has brought authors to the Library for presentations and discussions about their newly published books since 1996.

"Freedom Rising" tells the story of how the Civil War transformed the nation's capital from a provincial city into one of America's most important cultural and social centers. Furgurson focuses on the men and women who brought Washington to life during this crucial period in the nation's history, including William H. Seward; Walt Whitman; Allan Pinkerton; Elizabeth Keckley, an ex-slave who became a dressmaker for both Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. Jefferson Davis; Architect of the Capitol Thomas U. Walter; and President Abraham Lincoln.

Presidential biographer and White House historian Hugh Sidey calls "Freedom Rising" a "beautiful book.this nation's greatest drama wonderfully woven in rich and arresting detail."

For more than 30 years, Furgurson was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, serving in Moscow and Vietnam and as a columnist and bureau chief in Washington. He has written three other books about the Civil War, all available as Vintage Paperbacks: "Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War"; "Chancellorsville, 1863: The Souls of the Brave"; and "Not War But Murder: Cold Harbor, 1864."

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PR 04-178
ISSN 0731-3527