Old Pap: Michigan Civil War General Alpheus Williams book talk w/ Jack Dempsey!

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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

Old Pap: Michigan Civil War General Alpheus Williams book talk w/ Jack Dempsey!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Commerce Township Community Library

180 East Commerce Road
Commerce Township, MI 48382

The preeminent military figure in Michigan before the Civil War, A.S. Williams led Union troops at the bloody battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, then transferred West for service in the capture of Atlanta, the March to the Sea, and the Carolinas Campaign that wrapped up the War.

Civil War historian, Jack Dempsey, presents the story of Williams’ life based on his 2019 biography of this great Michigander.

Author Bio:

Jack Dempsey is an avid historian, former President of the Michigan Historical Commission, and award-winning author. His writing focuses on the Civil War, the history of Michigan, and cultural heritage.

His book presentations have been featured at The Henry Ford, the Historical Society of Michigan, the Kerrytown Book Fest, historical museums, public libraries, Civil War Round Tables, in schools, and on public television and radio.

Jack has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Michigan State University and a law degree from George Washington University.


Michigan's Civil War Citizen-General: Alpheus S. Williams (Civil War Series)

Detroit's Alpheus Starkey Williams never tired in service to his city or his country. A veteran of the Mexican-American War, he was a preeminent military figure in Michigan before the Civil War. He was key to the Lost Order, the Battle of Gettysburg, the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign. His generalship at Antietam made possible the Emancipation Proclamation, and Meade and Sherman relied on his unshakable leadership. A steady hand in wartime and in peacetime, Williams was a Yale graduate, lawyer, judge, editor, municipal official, militia officer, diplomat and congressman who stood on principle over party. With vivid battlefield accounts based on extensive primary research, award-winning author Jack Dempsey's masterful biography tells the amazing story of this unsung hero.

Jack is also trying to raise money for:

Michigan Civil War Association’s Monument at Antietam Project
The Michigan Civil War Association (MCWA) is seeking to raise $200,000 for the purpose of constructing a monument at the Antietam National Battlefield recognizing and commemorating the sacrifice and participation of over 2,000 of the state’s brave citizen soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, the bloodiest battle on American soil. The funds raised will go toward the conceptualization, fabrication, installation and dedication of the monument, and also serve as a legacy fund for its future maintenance.