Sept. 24, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
Dr. Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College, will be the guest speaker for the Sept. 27 meeting of the Blount County Civil War Roundtable. The meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. at Raven Hall on the Sam Houston Schoolhouse property.
Astor, a published Civil War scholar and frequent speaker on the perilous period of American history that stretched between 1861 and 1865, will talk about Tennessee’s Civil War-era governors, Isham Harris and Andrew Johnson, and why they chose different destinies for the state.
“Tennessee’s secession was due largely to the influence of Governor Isham Harris,” Astor explained. “A year into the war and under Union occupation, ex-Governor Andrew Johnson was re-installed as the state’s new military governor.”
Astor’s book, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, was recently published by LSU Press as a part of its “Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War” multidisciplinary series. The professor has had several columns published in the New York Times’ online series “Disunion.”
Astor also co-chairs Maryville College’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, which was formed last year to put together programming that explores how the Civil War affected multiple populations in East Tennessee, addresses traditional narratives and myths of the war, and examines the war’s lasting legacy in the region.
A $3 cover charge for the Sept. 27 event is requested to cover the cost of rental fees and refreshments.
For more information on the Blount County Civil War Roundtable, contact Debbie Smithson at 865.984.7431.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.