2017-07-27 / Front Page

Rauch will discuss War of 1812 in upcoming History in the Park

The August edition of the Lincoln County Historical Society’.s. “.His­tory in the Park” lecture series will be held on Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m., when army historian Steve Rauch will speak on “The War of 1812 in Georgia.”

This topic is often not covered, as the typical view of the War of 1812 would include the burning of Washington D.C., the bombardment of Fort McHenry, and the Battle of New Orleans, with no mention of any action in Georgia, when there were actually many actions and im­pacts in and around Georgia during this period.

From the Creek Wars to the West, the British Blockade on the coast, and the invasion in far Southeast Georgia, there is certainly a story to be told. The war didn.’.t .start .in .Geor­gia, . but some of the final actions of the war took place in Georgia, and parts of Georgia were occupied by British troops for a short period of time.

The talk will be held in the May House at the Lincoln County His­torical Park in Lincolnton.

Rauch retired from the U.S. Army in 2002 after 20 years of service as a logistics officer. He has been the historian for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Gordon since then. From 1989-1993 he served as an assistant .professor .of .military .sci­ence at the University of Michigan, where he taught military history and leadership to army cadets. His final military assignment was as assistant professor of history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Col­lege in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where he taught the evolution of modern warfare and the history of American irregular warfare.

He received his master’s in history from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 and in 2001 he attained a Mas­ter’s of Science degree in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University. From 2003-2014 he served as an adjunct professor of history at Augusta State University, now Augusta University, where he taught U.S. military history to his­tory majors and ROTC cadets.

As Signal Corps branch historian, his mission is to provide leaders and soldiers with historical education to develop critical thinking skills. His curriculum includes visiting historic battlefields so soldiers can learn how events happened on the actual terrain. About twice a month, he can be found on Revolutionary War and Civil War sites in Georgia and South Carolina, including a study of Sher­man’s March to the Sea.

His publications include several monographs, chapters, and articles related to the Revolutionary War in Georgia including studies of the 1st Siege of Augusta in 1780 and the Liberation of Augusta by the Patriots in 1781.

He has presented at numerous academic conferences, including the Georgia Association of Historians, the Society for Military History, the Organization of American His­torians, along with many state and local historical societies.

Rauch is a member of several his­torical and military organizations, including the Society for Military History, American Historical As­sociation, Southern Historical As­sociation, Military Officers Associa­tion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

“In the History in the Park series, we often tell stories of parts of his­tory that have been ignored or are at least not widely known,” Lincoln County Historical Society President Gary Edwards said. “Steve’s first talk in our series was about the Revolutionary War battles for Augusta, which is a topic that deserves a lot more attention than it gets.

“When Steve spoke to us last year, we discussed what other topics he could cover for us and this one stood out to me as a great one – it’s perhaps more obscure, but it’s certainly just as interesting,” Edwards continued. “I have been looking for­ward to this talk all year, as I didn’t realize the impact of the war on our state – I lived in St Marys and didn’t realize that it had been occupied by the British in early 1815. Frequent attendees will recall his last talk was on the birth of the Army Signal Corps, so it’s interesting that the lack of effective communications during the War of 1812 had a significant impact on the final events of the war. Steve Rauch is a wonderful speaker and it will be a great talk – you won’t want to miss it!”

The Historical Park is located at 147 Lumber Street, and the History in the Park lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month from March through November, with the exception of July.

Desserts, water, coffee, and tea will be served after the presentation, allowing plenty of time to speak individually with the speaker.

There is no admission fee, how­ever donations to the Historical Society will be accepted, as the Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit or­ganization.

For more information, contact Edwards at 757-831-9556.

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