Columbus State University to Host Military History Lectures

COLUMBUS, Ga. Columbus State University’s Military History Program in the Department of History and Geography will extend its observance of Military History Month into December by hosting lectures from two renowned history scholars.

Anne Knowles, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, will present “Gettysburg to Auschwitz: New Mappings of Wartime” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Center for Commerce and Technology auditorium on CSU’s main campus.


Knowles is an acknowledged leader in the new hybrid field of spatial humanities, which she says “enables you to see patterns and information that are literally invisible.” Her recreated map of the Gettysburg battlefield provides new clues why Gens. Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet made the decisions they did on July 2, 1863.

CSU’s Military History Program also will co-host a lecture with Fort Benning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the National Infantry Museum’s Grand Hall, when Canadian Army Capt. John Nelson Rickard, author of Patton at Bay: The Lorraine Campaign, presents “Patton in the Bulge.”

This continued celebration of November’s Military History Month marks the appointment of Dan Crosswell as the inaugural Col. Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History at CSU. The endowed position was created through a gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation and  Myriam Hallock. Crosswell specializes in studies of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Crosswell at or706-507-8350.

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