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Never in Finer Company with Edward Lengel

  • Library & Research Center 235 East Beverley Street Staunton, VA, 24401 United States (map)

Join us September 20th in The Library & Research Center at 7:00 PM as we welcome Edward Lengel, Author as he discusses his newest book Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. 

A book about four men united by a common experience of war, by New York City, and a changing America: the Lost Battalion’s commander, Major Charles Whittlesey, a lawyer eager to prove his mettle; his New York stockbroker executive officer, Captain George McMurtry; Sergeant Alvin York, whose famous exploits help rescue the battalion; and Damon Runyon, the soon-to-be-famous newspaperman who struggled to understand the events he witnessed. From the patriotic frenzy that sent young men “over there” to the hurried stateside training, shipping overseas, and encounters with life at the front, each man trod a unique path to the October days that engulfed them. And their stories did not end on the battlefield–each man was haunted by the experience as America tried to come to grips with the carnage of the war. Character-rich, abundantly textured, sometimes tragic, sometimes uplifting, but always compelling, Never in Finer Company is a deeply moving and dramatic story on an epic scale.

Earlier Event: September 13
Coffee with the Curator - Surviving the War
Later Event: September 21
Wilson & Slavery Tour