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Author, faculty member to give Civil War talk

A man who writes prolifically about the preservation of Civil War battlefields will speak at Austin Peay State University next week. Free and open to the public, his talk is expected to generate interest among Civil War and military history buffs.
A man who writes prolifically about the preservation of Civil War battlefields will speak at Austin Peay State University next week. Free and open to the public, his talk is expected to generate interest among Civil War and military history buffs.

Dr. Tim Smith's lecture, “The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation: The Decade of the 1890s and the Establishment of America's First Five Civil War Military Parks,” is slated for 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 in Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building. The APSU History Club and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society are co-sponsors of the talk.

Smith, a veteran of the National Park Service who now teaches history at APSU, earned his bachelor's (1996) and master's degrees (1997) in history from the University of Mississippi. He received his doctorate in 2001 from Mississippi State University.

Currently working on a history of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Smith's fourth and most recent book, “The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation: The Establishment of America's First Five Civil War Military Parks,” has been accepted for publication in 2008 by the University of Tennessee Press.

His first book, published by the University of Tennessee Press in March 2004, is “This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park.”

His second book, “Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg,” published in August 2004 by Savas Beatie, New York, was a History Book Club and Military Book Club selection.

“The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield,” Smith's third book, was published in January 2006 by the University of Tennessee Press.
In addition to four books, Smith has written many articles that were published in such scholarly journals as North and South, Civil War Times, Annals of Iowa, Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of the American Civil War.

For more information about Smith's March 27 talk, contact Dr. Minoa Uffleman, assistant professor of history, by telephone at (931) 221-7704 or e-mail at ufflemanm@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke