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Historian Edward Ayers Will Discuss New Civil War Book Oct. 28

October 1, 2003 -- University of Virginia history professor Edward L. Ayers will read from and discuss his new book, “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the U.Va. Bookstore.

Published by W.W. Norton, the book tells the story of 19th century white and black residents of Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Pa., and challenges some popular views of the Civil War. Ayers’ research draws on a U.Va. computerized archive, “The Valley of the Shadow,” that presents every known Civil War-era document about the two localities, farming communities on opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

U.Va.’s dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Ayers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his 1992 book “The Promise of the New South.”

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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