The Meanwhile Men: Non-Combatants in the Civil War


Author, columnist, and pastor Robert John Andrews will present a program titled The Meanwhile Men, a program about how non-combatants served in the Civil War.  This program focuses on the nature of the conflicts faced by Civil War chaplains and surgeons. “They had a different fight, yet often equally hazardous; without revolver, sword or rifle.”  Copies of his recent Civil War fiction book (and winner of the First Book Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild),  Nathaniel’s Call will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited.

This program is presented in conjunction with Civil War 150,  featured in the Library’s gallery from May 1 through May 17.  Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.

Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America.  The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Live It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.  Our programming, emphasizing a theme of “conflicted times,” is funded through the generosity of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library.

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