Noyales to speak at Civil War Round Table meeting May 12

May 02, 2014

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, on the WCU campus in the Mountain Heritage Center. The guest speaker will be professor Johnathan Noyales, assistant professor of history and the director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middleton, Virginia. His presentation will be on Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

Noyales is a native of Frackville, Pennsylvania.  He, like so many contemporary historians, traces his interest of Civil War history to an early visit to Gettysburg at the age of 3.

Jonathan earned his bachelor’s degree in American history at Shenandoah University and his M.A. from Viriginia Tech where he was fortunate to study under the Drs, James “Bud” Robertson and William “Jack” Davis, both accomplished authors, lecturers and historians.

Noyales’s particular niche in Civil War history has developed around the personalities and events in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.  He plans to go a step beyond the campaign by exploring the issues of historic memory. Specifically, he will discuss the changing and revising image of Stonewall Jackson throughout the 19th century.

In the spring of 2014, Nohyales returned to Shenandoah University, his undergraduate alma mater, as the Hugh and Viriginia McCormick visiting professor of Civil War history. He is the author and/or editor of nine books on Civil War-era history, including the recently released “The Battle of Fisher’s Hill: Breaking the Shenandoah Valley Gibralter.” He has contributed scores of articles, essays and reviews to many Civil War magazines and books.

Everyone is invited to join Noyales and Round Table members for dinner at 5 p.m. at Bogart’s in Sylva. There will be a social hour at the Mountain Heritage Center at 6:30 p.m. followed by Noyales’s program at 7 p.m.

This will meeting close out the 2013-2014 season.

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