Fort Concho’s annual fall speaker series during the lunch hour each of the four Wednesdays in September will feature a two-part lecture on the Civil War.
Admission to the lectures is free. Each presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in the fort’s Commissary at 702 Burgess St. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch or can order a sack lunch from Mr. T’s Deli for $8 by calling 325-657-4441 by 5 p.m. the preceding Monday.

This year’s lineup of topics and speakers includes:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 3: “The South Bank,” presented by local historian John Vaughn.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10:The Last Train from San Angelo” by local historian Bruce McLaren.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: “A Nation Divided – Life and Times in the Civil War (Part 1)” by Judith Jackson of Buffalo Gap Historic Village.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: “A Nation Divided – Life and Times in the Civil War (Part 2)” by Judith Jackson of Buffalo Gap Historic Village.

Jackson’s two-part presentation is billed as an opportunity to “step back to the early 1860s, where you can be personally touched by the conflict that evoked more emotion in Americans than at any other time in our history. Experience the life and hardships of the common soldier, see his uniforms, taste his food, touch his weapons and listen to his music. Hear human interest stories about doctors, chaplains and the roles that women and children played during the Civil War.”

For more information, contact Carol Cummings, Fort Concho’s special events coordinator, at 325-657-4441 or carol.cummings@cosatx.us.