On Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m., author Sandy Barnard will present “A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War,” focusing his book, A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War, The Life & Death of Major Joel H. Elliott, 7th Cavalry, published in 2010. This will be a great follow-up to the Hoosier Authors Book Club discussion of The Friendly Persuasion.
The Indiana Yearly Meeting of Quakers was established in 1821 in Richmond, Indiana. Quakers were an influential group in the years leading up to the Civil War. As abolitionists, many Quakers were active in the Underground Railroad; Levi and Catherine Coffin were Quakers. Levi’s cousin Robert Addison Coffin settled in Parke County, Indiana, and was active in the Underground Railroad along the Wabash River Valley. Another important aspect of the Quaker faith is pacifism, though some Quakers–such as Joel H. Elliott–have served in the military.
Sandy Barnard taught journalism for 30 years at Indiana State University. He also worked as a journalist and non-fiction writer for nearly 40 years. Barnard has specialized in researching the Plains Indian wars and the Civil War and is an authority on the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Barnard will be selling and signing copies of his book after the lecture.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 765-362-5769 or emailing [email protected].