On Wednesday, June 5, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will present Daniel N. Rolph, Ph.D., talking about his new book, My Brother’s Keeper: Union and Confederate Soldiers’ Acts of Mercy During the Civil War, published by Stackpole Books. Using personal letters, diaries, journals and other documents, Rolph chronicles the surprising willingness of many Yankees and Rebels to save and aid one another in a spirit of “brotherhood for the enemy” during the Civil War. Rolph has researched and compiled these firsthand accounts, many from the Historical Society’s own extensive Civil War collections, to point out how these acts of compassion crossed sectional, gender, class and racial lines.
Dr. Rolph will discuss My Brother’s Keeper Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m., at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, where he is the Head of Reference Services. The program is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. To reserve a seat call 215-732-6200 ext. 412 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rolph . . . brings alive instances of human generosity and compassion during America's bloodiest conflict,” wrote John Carver Edwards in a Library Journal review.
“Rolph’s description of acts of mercy across enemy lines is truly moving and beautiful,” commented a reader from New Hampshire.
Stewart W. Miner, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia, described the book as a “highly readable and very interesting account.”
“Scholarly but accessible,” stated Publisher’s Weekly.
“For Rolph, Civil War history is also family history,” wrote Joe Barron in the Springfield Sun.
Besides his work at the Historical Society, Rolph is a senior lecturer in history at Gwynedd-Mercy College and Montgomery County Community College.
“The Historical Society has one of the largest manuscript, as well as published, collections of Civil War materials in the Delaware Valley,” Rolph said.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, documents, preserves, and shares the histories and cultures of the diverse communities in the Greater Philadelphia region, across Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation. The Society brings together people and documents to explore and interpret history, enriching the lives of the individuals and communities drawn to the stories of the United States and its people. The merger of the Balch Institute into the Society was approved by Orphans’ Court in December 2001 and is now being implemented.
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Phone: (215) 732-6200 ext. 246
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