Presented by Shelby Harriel – Historian
Dinner – 6 PM Program – 7 PM
Menu: Pork Chops with Fig Demi Glaze, Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables, Garden Salad, and Assorted Deserts – $15 per person – (To RSVP contact Jim Rosenthal by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 817-307-9263.)
Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery, Fort Worth 76109, Rm 109-111
Yes – women soldiers fought in the Civil War for the both the North and the South. And Yes – it was illegal to do so in both armies. So not only did the women soldiers choose to fight, they also had to do so incognito. Thus, the title of our presentation this month has a dual meaning – “behind the rifle” portrays the will to participate in the armed conflict but also recognizes the weapon as part of the disguise. Our speaker, Shelby Harriel, has done extensive research on women soldiers and her talk will give us insight into who they were, how they fought and how they lived the male only military life.
Shelby Harriel has a B.A. and an M.Ed in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently teaches at Pearl River Community College where she is an award winning mathematics instructor. (I will let her tell that story.) She says this position gives her the time to indulge in her love of history through researching, writing, and giving presentations. She is the author of numerous articles and the book Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi (Universiy Press of Mississippi, 2019). She will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing after her presentation.
This should be a fascinating program. Don’t miss it!