When: February 12th
Where: Otterbein University. Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for more information.
Speaker: Zach Fry
Topic: 59th New York Infantry
Zach Fry graduated from Kent State in 2010 after participating in the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College with Allen Guelzo, and also interned with fellow Buckeye Wayne Motts at the Adams County Historical Society. His honors thesis at Kent was a social/military history of the 59th New York, which was also the subject of his two Gettysburg Magazine articles in 2006 and 2009. It’s currently under review with KSU Press. Zach is a member of the Civil War Education Association, the Society for Military History, and the Society of Civil War Historians. He’s now a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching associate in the Military History program at Ohio State, where his adviser is Mark Grimsley; His dissertation topic examines how the politics of emancipation affected the organization and administration of the Army of the Potomac.
Mr. Fry’s topic of the 59th New York, as the articles will show, deals with the oddity of 125 Ohioans serving in the regiment through its trials in the West Woods at Antietam, the streets of Fredericksburg, and behind the wall on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. He will tackle a controversy or two along the way.