Stephenson Center for Appalachia to host civil war historian Dr. Aaron Astor on October 23

October 15, 2014

If you are interested in local Civil War history, do not miss the next program of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College Lecture Series. On Thursday, October 23, Dr. Aaron Astor will present “Divided Loyalties along the Tennessee-North Carolina Line in the American Civil War” at 7:00 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae campus. This program is free and open to the public.

Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the Upper and Border South. He is the author of the recently released Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published by LSU Press.  He has also written eight articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerrilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theater, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South.

At Maryville College, Astor teaches a wide range of topics in American history from the Revolution to the present.  He contributes to several Civil War preservation and public education organizations in Tennessee, and regularly speaks about the Civil War and regional identity in the Upper South.  He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians, where he serves on the Membership Committee.

“Banner Elk had its share of divided loyalties during the Civil War,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College, “so we look forward to hearing Dr. Astor’s talk and seeing how our local history fits into the larger context. We invite everyone to come out and participate in Thursday night’s program.” 

The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Megan Hall, director of communications, at 828.898.8729 or

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