23 2019


10:30AM - 11:30AM  

JCC of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
732.494.3232 efendrick@jccmc.org

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Portrayed by Richard Hill
Carl Christian Schurz was a German revolutionary, American statesman, journalist, Civil War general and social reformer. Born in Prussia in 1829, Schurz emigrated to the United States in 1852 where he became involved in the anti-slavery movement and politics and joined the newly formed Republican Party. When the Rebellion began, Schurz was commissioned a brigadier general in the Union Army. He commanded a division that took part in the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 after which he was promoted to major general and led a division at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Following Gettysburg, Schurz's division was sent to Tennessee and he fought in the Battle of Chattanooga. Schurz went on to edit a newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri after the war and was elected to become a senator.
Richard Hill will be speaking as Major-General Carl Schurz in his role as a witness to the epic 1863 battle of Gettysburg, one of the turning points of the Rebellion.
Mr. Richard L. Hill is a presenter of historical figures from the American Civil War (ACW). Mr. Hill has more than fifty years of experience researching characters and events of the ACW and is pleased to present Carl Christian Shurz during his wartime role as a division commander in the XI U.S. Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Mr. Hill specializes in personalizing the military record of ranking general officers such as Ulysses Grant, Carl Shurz and Henry Hunt, whose reputations began to suffer when the specter of sectional reconciliation and emergent racial superiority combined to place their heroic wartime achievements in doubt. Mr. Hill, a retired university administrator, is dedicated to presenting a balanced and respectful image of these military figures during the American Civil War and revitalizing the public service record of these true American heroes.