The life and careers of General William S. Rosecrans: a Work-in-Progress Talk and Discussion

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Family image from William S. Rosecrans collection

William S. Rosecrans (1819-1898) was a unique figure in the Civil War era: a man of deep faith, a talented engineer, and the most prominent Union general to support emancipation during the war. After 1865, he was heavily involved in a number of western business ventures before serving as a congressman from California during the early 1880s. He retired to Los Angeles and his funeral in 1898 was a major event as city officials, politicians, and veterans of both sides paid tribute to his memory.

William B. Kurtz, Ph.D., our 2018 Kenneth Karmiole Research Fellow in UCLA Library Special Collections, will give a brief presentation about Rosecrans, then discuss and invite brainstorming about his ongoing research aimed at an academic biography that will include an honest critique of Rosecrans’ shortcomings and failures. Dr. Kurtz is Managing Director and Digital Historian at the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His recent publications include “‘A Singular Zeal’: William S. Rosecrans’s Family in Faith, Triumph, and Failure” (U.S. Catholic Historian, Spring 2017) and Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016).

The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, maps, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life, and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Library Fellowships enable scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months in UCLA Library Special Collections. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. The benefactor made previous gifts to the UCLA Library for the Kenneth Karmiole Endowment for Rare Books and Manuscripts, and to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has owned and operated Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, since 1976.

Admission is free. A boxed lunch will be provided for attendees who RSVP on or before Friday, July 20 by email or by calling History & Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections at 310.825.6940.