2017-08-03 / Front Page

will speak tonight at 7 p.m.

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.

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.

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, how­Rauch ever 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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