Sons of Union Veterans meeting


  • Categories: Clubs
  • Event posted: July 30, 2012
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

The Lawrence, KS Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is having Debbie Bisel give a lecture on her new book, "The Civil War in Kansas:Ten Years of Turmoil" at its August 16th SUVCW meeting at Watkins Museum (meeting starts 6:30 PM / Lecture program 7:00 PM) in support of Lawrence's 2012 Civil War on the Western Frontier event.

About the book No other state's history is so entwined with the American Civil War as that of the Sunflower State. By the time the war officially began in 1861, Kansas and Missouri had already been fighting for six years. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act left the Kansas Territory wide open for white settlement, and the stage was set for a battle that would ignite the nation. From the hopes and dreams of settlers and the exploits of John Brown to the Lawrence and Pottawatomie Massacres and the many other battles and skirmishes, historian Debra Goodrich Bisel tells that tumultuous story. Foreword by Gen. Richard B Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

About the author A native Virginian, Deb has adopted Kansas as her home. She received her BA in history at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and also studied at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars are her areas of focus. She consults at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, on media training. History is Deb's first passion, and she has appeared in more than a dozen documentaries including, A&E's American Experience and productions for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and PBS, and she has been a featured speaker on C-SPAN. Deb has been the guest on dozens of talk radio shows around the country, including Captain Dale Dye in Los Angeles and Jan Mickelson in Des Moines. Deb was the host of her own radio show, Topeka Talks, on KMAJ AM in Topeka. As a freelance journalist, she contributes regularly to TK Magazine and She is active in many groups and is president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and co-president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas. She is married to musician Gary Bisel.


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