Spotlight: ECW & MacArthur Memorial Symposium

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, Dan Welch, and the story he will tell. For more information about the one day, free symposium or to register, please visit www.macarthurmemorial.org.

Dan Welch at the grave of Rufus Dawes, 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

Dan Welch currently serves as a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, Dan was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park, and continues to serve as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. During his time at Gettysburg, he has led numerous programs on the campaign and battle for school groups, families, and visitors of all ages.

Welch received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University where he studied under the famed French Hornist William Slocum, and his MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University. Welch has also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo as part of the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College. He currently resides with his wife, Sarah, in Boardman, Ohio.

Dan will be presenting on William Jarvis Hardy, Jr, a MacArthur relative who served with the First Richmond Howitzers. Dan’s talk will focus on Hardy and the Howitzer’s role at the battle of Gettysburg.

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