UNION — Popular historian and local Union Township resident, David Johnson, will speak about his latest book, “DECIDED ON THE BATTLEFIELD; Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864” at the Union Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this admission-free program but seating is limited.
For his current book, David Alan Johnson returned to one of his childhood interests: the American Civil War. He discovered that not very much has been written about the presidential election of 1864, when Abraham Lincoln very nearly lost the White House to Democratic candidate George B. McClellan.
Union troops were bogged down in both Virginia and Georgia, and the North was growing tired of both the war and of Abraham Lincoln. This election seemed like an excellent topic –is as much about battles and strategy as it is about politics, which gives it something for everybody.
DECIDED ON THE BATTLEFIELD: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864, was published by Prometheus Books in January 2012 to excellent reviews. David Alan Johnson has also written The London Blitz (Scarborough, NY: Stein & Day, 1981), The Battle of Britain: The American Factor: (Conshohocken, PA: Combined Books, 1998), Righteous Deception: German Officers Against Hitler (Praeger, 2001), and Germany’s Spies and Saboteurs (Motorbooks International, 1998).
Those wishing to attend the talk and author signing should make reservations. To RSVP, telephone the library at 1-908-851-5452. The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.