Michael Peake, author of the IHS Press book Blood Shed in This War: Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana, will discuss his research into Metzner’s stunning visual diary of sketches, drawings, and watercolors at a free lecture at noon, Tuesday, June 21, as part of the IHS Author Series at the Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Peake's book depicts Metzner's world during his three years of service with the First German, Thirty-second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry campaigning in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Metzner chronicled the day-to-day life of a soldier’s world, at first with humor, and later, with a stark reality of life and death on the battlefield.
A resident of Corydon, Indiana, Peake is an author and historian specializing in Indiana German genealogy and history as related to the American Civil War. Since retiring from federal service in 1996, Peake has devoted his time to researching Union and Confederate German-American military organizations.
Blood Shed in This War costs $34.95 and is available from the IHS's History Market.