CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 3, 2013 – Dr. Earl Hess, Stewart W. McClelland chair in history at Lincoln Memorial University, will present “The Civil War in the West – Why it Mattered” at the 2013 Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture at 8 p.m. April 11 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.
The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture will examine how the Union government and military put high priority on its western campaign, developed the sophisticated logistics necessary to support it, and turned the West into the decisive theater of the Civil War.
Hess is a Civil War expert and Southeast alumnus. He graduated from Southeast magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1978 and a master’s degree in history with academic distinction in 1979. He received his doctorate in American studies with a concentration in history with academic distinction from Purdue University in 1986. He has written 15 books and 26 articles on Civil War topics, including “The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi,” published in 2012.
The Harold Holmes Dugger lecture series was established by the Department of History in 1988 to honor Harold Holmes Dugger, professor of diplomatic and intellectual history and former chair of the department. The Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture Fund enjoys the continued support of faculty, students, alumni and friends of the University.