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Auburn’s Kenneth Noe to speak Oct. 26 on Civil War in Southwest Virginia

Staff report • Updated Oct 23, 2015 at 2:55 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — King University’s Department of History and Political Science, the Bristol Historical Association and the Bristol Public Library have partnered to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, and to honor the memory of King graduate David McRae (’05). Dr. Kenneth W. Noe, Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will present a lecture titled “Like a Storm over the Ridges: From War to Peace in Southwest Virginia, 1865,” on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Va. In addition, Noe will speak on “Southwest Virginia’s Civil War” at 2:50 p.m. in Sells Hall 108 on the main campus of King University. In conjunction with these events, the East Hill Cemetery will offer tours of its Civil War sections from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Kyle Osborn, instructor of History at King, said, “Dr. Noe has established himself as one of the leading authorities on Civil War Appalachia, delving particularly into the divided loyalties of the battle-scarred region.” Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History, adds, “Professor Noe supervised one of King’s finest History graduates, David McRae (’05). A superb student, a devoted friend, a faithful Christian, and a proud alumnus, David embodied the mission of King University. He is sorely missed, but it is a joy to mark his memory with these events. We are delighted that Professor Noe will be with us to honor David.”

Noe is the author or editor of seven books, including “Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle” in 2002 and Southwest Virginia’s Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis in 1994. In 2014, he published his most recent book, “The Yellowhammer War: Alabama in the Civil War and Reconstruction.” He is currently working on a new book on Civil War weather.

Among other recognition and book awards, Noe is a frequent speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit and participant in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. He was the 2008-2009 president of the Alabama Historical Association and currently serves on the board of editors of Civil War History, and was a consultant to the NBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

A native of Richmond, Va., Kenneth Noe received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory & Henry College, his Master of Arts from Virginia Tech, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He taught at West Georgia College for ten years before going to Auburn in the year 2000. His major teaching and research areas are the American Civil War and Appalachian History.

The Oct. 26 lecture is being held in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.”

The events are free to the public. Attendees are advised to arrive early. For additional information, contact Martin Dotterweich at (423) 652-4835 or mhdotter@king.edu.