Please join us on Sunday, March 30 at 3pm when local author Rick Frese presents his new book, Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front.
Rick, a veteran of the U. S. Army, is a member of the Concord Museum, the Concord Players and serves on the board of the Friends of Sleepy Hollow. He chaired Concord’s 350th Anniversary Committee in 1985 and served on the 375th Anniversary Committee in 2010. As a professor of government and sociology at Bentley University, Rick was a guest political commentator on multiple radio and TV programs and has moderated congressional, senatorial and gubernatorial debates. Rick has been a political commentator on critical political issues for the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Business Week, Orlando Sentinel, Duluth News Tribune and the Macon Telegraph; and also commentated on WHDH-TV, WBZ TV and Radio, MSNBC, Christian Science Monitor TV, Radio KOMA in Oklahoma City, NH Public Radio and the Dallas Morning News. Now semi-retired, he was a recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Teaching Excellence at Bentley.
While the shots of the Civil War were largely fired far from Walden Pond, Concord did more than its part in fighting for "cause and comrades." As its boys marched into battle, the Concord Soldiers Aid Society sent clothing and sustenance to the battlefront. The community hosted leaders of the antislavery movement, including Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts and Frederick Douglass. Brave Concordians such as Louisa May Alcott joined the fray as nurses alongside more than 450 soldiers from Concord.
Author Rick Frese explores Concord's Civil War, at home, on the road, in battles and encampments and on through to victory.