Civil War round table hosts Brown presentation Jan. 13

Jan 02, 2014

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will meet in the second floor Jury Room of the Jackson County Criminal Justice Center at 7 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 13. Phil Brown, of Greensboro, will discuss the struggle on Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Brown will be aided by a multi-media presentation to call into question the impact of that fight on the outcome of the battle.  Films and the literature have the engagements between the 20th Massachusetts and elements of the 15th and 4th Alabama on Gettysburg’s second day as integral to the battle’s outcome.
Brown will give an alternate view of the effect of the fighting within the battle’s context. As a 5-year-old, Brown accompanied Phil Sr. to Gettysburg, but it was his trip at about age 10 that took a hold on him.  His father told him of Pickett’s Charge with the mortal wounding of North Carolina-born Brig. Gen. Lewis Armistead. Armistead was leading his brigade of Virginians toward the copse of trees at the Angle when he was wounded.  It was a bit overwhelming to young Phil’s imagination.
Brown majored in history at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He secured a spot in an exchange program at Gettysburg College.  His success at the college led to opportunities with the Park Service when he applied for an internship.  He was hired as a seasonal employee at the Gettysburg NMP, a position he still holds during the summers.  
Brown has also interned at Harper’s Ferry NMP.  Since completing his B.A. at Chapel Hill he has continued with a master’s program at UNC-Greensboro in the field of peace/war/defense. Brown has been an avid re-enactor since the age of 12 or 13, serving in roles from drummer boy on up.  
He now limits himself to about five reenactments a year and serves with one of two units, the Liberty Rifles or the Palmetto Guards of Charleston. He is working on two writing projects, a unit history of the 23rd North Carolina Infantry and the body servants’ (slaves) role in the Confederate Army.
All are invited to the Jan. 13 meeting at the Justice Center in Sylva.   Come and meet  Brown and WNCCWRT members at Bogart’s in Sylva, for dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a social hour at the Justice Center at 6:30 p.m.  
For information,  call Chris Behre at 293-9314  or Chuck Beemer at 456-4212.

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