Book Talk at the Windham Civil War Music Festival

Windham tableSpent an enjoyable weekend at the fifteenth annual Civil War Music Festival and Encampment in beautiful Windham, New York, located in the Catskill Mountains. On Saturday, I spoke about African American Faces of the Civil War. Pictured here is my table—almost all of the books sold! But most importantly, I had the opportunity to discuss the Civil War from the perspective of men of color who served. For this I am grateful to all who organized the event, especially the indefatigable John and Sharon Quinn.

The setting for the event is the historic Centre Church, which dates from 1834.

Centre Church, Windham, N.Y.One of my favorite participants during the two-day gathering was Steve Ball of Ohio. Steve is as much a music historian as a singer, and he performed two fight songs, one from the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry and another from the First Arkansas Colored Infantry. We had an enjoyable conversation about the meaning of music and poetry in Civil War-time America.

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