200 Alabama Bicentennial

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Mobile Bay magazine is sponsoring a free book signing event on September 12 at Mobile’s Bragg-Mitchell Mansion to celebrate the release of author John Sledge's new book, These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War.

Sledge has written several works about the history of his hometown of Mobile, and These Rugged Days will be released this upcoming September. He hopes the book will educate Alabamians about a momentous and traumatic event in its history.

These Rugged Days, published by the University of Alabama Press and partially funded by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, details the turning points of the Civil War that happened in Alabama and their lasting effects on the state. Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ken Burns calls the book, “personal and intimate (and unusually moving).”

Sledge, who is the senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, will be signing copies of These Rugged Days in a free event open to the public that will include food, drinks, and live period music. Copies of the book will also be available for $34.95. The event, officially endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, will be held from 4-7 pm and is an excellent opportunity for book lovers to interact and celebrate Alabama’s rich history.