Noted Civil War historian Charles P. Roland is the next speaker for the General Lovell H. Rousseau Civil War Lecture Series at Boyle County Public Library, Broadway, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Roland's free talk is titled, "Johnny Reb, Billy Yank and G.I. Joe: An Analogy from Two Wars."
In addition to being one of the nation's most accomplished Civil War historians, Roland is a veteran of World War II, where he served during the Battle of the Bulge. His talk weaves his own military experiences with the lives of Civil War soldiers.
Much of Roland's wartime service was highlighted in Stephen Ambrose's acclaimed "Citizen Soldiers." In addition, Roland describes them in more detail in his autobiography, "My Odyssey Through History: Memoirs of War and Academe."
As a Civil War historian, Roland has authored several important works on the conflict, including "Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics," "The American Illiad" and "Reflections on Lee." Roland also served on numerous boards and historical organizations, including the Perryville Battlefield Commission.