A historical perspective -- Gazette.Net


On the eve of the Civil War, Montgomery County had a population of 18,322, including 5,500 enslaved blacks and 1,500 free blacks. The African-Americans viewed the Civil War from an entirely different perspective than their white owners and neighbors. Autonomy and respect was what they yearned for and this is what the Civil War promised to the enslaved.

Come hear noted local historian Susan Soderberg vividly describe the Civil War from the African-Americans’ perspective on Feb. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Soderberg is a historian and freelance writer living in Maryland. She was one of two researchers and consultants for the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Life in the War Zone: Montgomery County in the Civil War,” produced by Heritage Montgomery. This program is presented by the Montgomery County Historical Society and Montgomery County Public Libraries.

You can register to attend this event at the library at 19840 Century Blvd. in Germantown by calling 240-777-0110. The registration deadline is Feb. 22.