“How Lincoln Came to Be ‘Under God’ at Gettysburg” is the topic for the November 20 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table. Charles Teague, a seasonal Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, will explore how the President, who as younger man was an avowed atheist, inserted the words “under God” into his Gettysburg Address.
During this sesquicentennial of his birth, Lincoln’s profound thoughts continue to intrigue Americans. At various points in his life, he espoused almost every possible point of view on religion. Few people have ever gone through such a dramatic transformation in matters of philosophy and faith as did he. In his mature years Lincoln was circumspect about his deepest thoughts, but intimate acquaintances who closely observed him and listened to him during his presidency witnessed this change. When the evidence is viewed chronologically, a distinct pattern of growing conviction appears.
Chuck Teague holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, a Masters from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Law from Cornell University. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, lawyer, and pastor, who has served as an interpreter at the Gettysburg battlefield for the past six years. He is past president of the Gettysburg Roundtable and past president of Historic Gettysburg Adams County and has been a presenter on Civil War studies for dozens of military, educational, civic, and historic groups.
The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30. The cost of dinner is $20.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Tuesday, November 17, by calling 717-938-3706. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.
Contact Douglas Gibboney, Publicity Chairperson, for further information @ 717-243-1738.