The Reunion of the Blue and Gray Personified

In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur described himself as “the reunion of blue and gray personified.” The experiences of his family in the Civil War helped mold and inspire MacArthur during his military career. MacArthur ancestors served in the East and West, and were present at some of the most important battles of the war, from the battles of 1862 to Appomattox in 1865.

Emerging Civil War and the MacArthur Memorial are co-sponsoring a free, one day, symposium on September 28, 2019 to explore the MacArthur Civil War story. Today’s post will highlight one of our presenters and the story they will tell. For more information about the symposium or to register, please visit

Author and historian Charlie Knight (Image courtesy of the author)

One of our speakers at the symposium this September will be Charlie Knight. Charlie is Curator of Military History at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.  His first book, Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market, was published in 2010, and his second book, From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War, Day by Day, will be published in late 2019; he is also working on a biography of Confederate General and railroad magnate William Mahone. He is a past member of the Scottsdale (AZ) Civil War Round Table and current member of the Raleigh CWRT and of the Leonidas Polk Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Charlie will be speaking on Billy Mahone’s Southside Brigade at War.

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