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Friday, October 29, 2010

Nabb Center Examines 'Maryland's Role in the Civil War' Thursday, November 4

SALISBURY, MD---Virginians were with the Confederacy, Delawareans with the Union. Marylanders? It depended on the soldier.

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Dr. Thomas Clemens speaks on Maryland’s position as a border state in the 19th century conflict during “Rebel Heels and Northern Scum: Maryland’s Role in the Civil War” 7 p.m. Thursday, November 4. His talk is in the Wicomico Room of Salisbury University’s Guerrieri University Center.

The editor of the recently published The Maryland Campaign of 1862, Volume 1: South Mountain has been a volunteer at Antietam National Battlefield since 1979 and has served as president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation since 1989. The Hagerstown Community College professor spent nearly two decades editing The Maryland Campaign, based on an 1,800-page manuscript originally completed by historian Ezra Carman in the early 20th century.

He is currently working on a second volume, continuing to detail the 17-day campaign that culminated with the Battle of Antietam, said to be the bloodiest one-day battle of the war, with over 22,000 casualties. The Union victory at Antietam is said to be a major turning point in the conflict.

Clemens earned his doctorate from George Mason University. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history from SU.

Sponsored by SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, his talk is made possible by the Maryland Humanities Council. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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