Colby Prize author takes a look at trench warfare at Pamplin Park

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Pamplin Historical ParkPamplin Historical Park and the National Civil War Soldier Museum host guest speaker Steven Sodergren on January 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Civil War Roundtable.

Sodergren will discuss Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare in his presentation titled “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare 1864-65”.

In the last year of the Civil War, the Army of the Potomac endured months of brutal trench warfare and fighting against its Confederate adversaries. Sodergren will explore the Overland and Petersburg campaigns where soldier morale has been tested as attrition and the grim new realities of a long campaign have set in.

Sodergren is Professor and Chairman of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Norwich in Norwich, Vermont. Sodergren received his BA in History and Philosophy from Cornell College, followed by an MA and Doctorate in American and Military History from the University of Kansas.

Since 2007 he has taught in the Department of History and Political Science at Norwich University. He is the Civil War Resident Scholar and regularly leads students on staff walks to famous Civil War battlefields. In 2018, Sodergren was the first associate author at the University of Norwich to win the prestigious Colby Prize.

Colby Award recipients receive an author’s honorarium of $ 5,000 provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. Named in honor of the late Ambassador and former CIA Director William E. Colby, the Colby Prize recognizes a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Prize began at the University of Norwich in 1999.

The Petersburg Civil War Roundtable will meet on the first Thursday of each month at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Civil War Soldier Museum from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Annual membership is $ 40. People who are already members of the Pamplin Historical Park can become members of the PCWRT for $ 20. Non-members can attend for $ 5 per meeting. Call (804) 861-2408 for more information.

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