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History Professor to Speak at Smithsonian Institution

Kathleen Gorman to give presentation on “Child Soldiers During the Civil War” on Jan. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-2-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Kathleen Gorman, author, historian and professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in January.

Gorman will examine the military service of young boys in the Civil War and how it compares with today’s issues of child soldiers in a presentation on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Anacostia Community Museum’s Program Room.

The event is free and open to the public. All audiences and ages are invited to attend by registering for the event or calling the museum at 202-633-4844.

Gorman was invited to speak as the editor of the 2006 book “Boy Soldier of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Johnnie Wickersham,” the story of a young soldier who fought for the Confederacy after running away from his home in Missouri. Wickersham wrote a memoir 50 years later and distributed it privately in 1915.

According to a description on, the book contains annotations and examinations deeper into the glorified war and a young man’s reflection on his past boyhood. The book includes Wickersham’s accounts of the danger that he was too young to fully understand and the battles that were fought.

Gorman teaches U.S. history at Minnesota State Mankato. She received her doctorate in 1994 from the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, Calif. For more information, contact Kathleen Gorman by phone at 507-389-1618 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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