"Civil War 150," a traveling exhibit that traces major events of the Civil War through the eyes and words of those who lived through it, comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Morris Library starting next week. The exhibit, in the library's Hall of Presidents and Chancellors, opens at noon Monday, April 28 and will run through May 16. The exhibits and presentations are free and open to the public.
To celebrate the exhibit's arrival, the library's Special Collections Research Center will host, "Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning Through the Words of Those Who Lived It."Rhonda Kohl will give the keynote address at 4 p.m. on May 2. A reception will follow her remarks. Copies of The Prairie Boys Go to War will be available for purchase at the event.
Rhonda M. Kohl is a historian and writer in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and an SIU alumna. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Civil War History,and Illinois Historical Journal.
Praise for The Prairie Boys Go to War: The Fifth Illinois Cavalry, 1861-1865:
"This book is well documented and well written. It should be in the library of every serious student of the Union cavalry in the Civil War."--Journal of Illinois History
"Rhonda Kohl skillfully blends military, social, economic, political, and even religious history into a dissection of the Fifth Illinois Cavalry. As a result, readers are given an engaging look into the inner workings of a Union cavalry regiment and allowed to see firsthand how it operated during the Civil War. We get the guts, the glory, and the warts. Kohl's no-holds barred narrative is compelling and highly readable....The Prairie Boys Go to Warsets the standard for what a good regimental history should be, and it belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in cavalry operations in the Western and Trans-Mississippi Theaters."--Arkansas Historical Quarterly
". . .We really have something of award worthy mention in Rhonda Kohl's study."--Civil War Book Review
The presentation is free and open to the public. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of America, in partnership with the Library of America, organized the national, traveling panel exhibition made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The event is hosted by the Morris Library Special Collections Research Center