Two distinguished American historians, Rod Gragg and
Townsend, will read from their new books in Coastal Carolina
University's Wall Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. The
event is free and open to the public.
Gragg will read from his Covered with Glory: The 26th North
Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, and Townsend will read
from his World War II and the American Indian.
"Rod Gragg has established himself in the front ranks of America's
leading Civil War historians," says Charles Joyner, Burroughs
Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal.
His Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher won the Civil
War Round Table's Fletcher Pratt Award as best Civil War book of the
year. His Illustrated Confederate Reader earned the Douglass Southall
Freeman Award for history and his Civil War Quiz and Fact Book and Old
West Quiz and Fact Books were best-sellers. All were published by
Harper Collins. Gragg and his family are long-time residents of
Townsend, associate professor of history at Coastal, specializes
in 20th century American history. Joyner describes World War II and the
American Indian as "a pioneering study of the 25,000 Native Americans
who served their country in World War II, their effect on the war and
the war's effect on them." The book was published by the University of
New Mexico Press.
Joyner adds that "Covered with Glory and World War II and the
American Indian are important books, not only for what they have to
say, but for the graceful way they say it. They are pleasures to read
for historians and general readers alike."
The readings will be followed by refreshments and an autograph
reception. The event is sponsored by the Waccamaw Center for Cultural
and Historical Studies.
For more information, contact Coastal's Office of Marketing
Communications at 349-2015.