On Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Brookfied Historical Society you will experience a spell-binding presentation, as veteran civil war re-enactor and movie actor Ralph Langham of New Fairfield, outfitted in an authentic civil war union officer’s uniform of the 79th New York Cameron Highlanders Regiment, lectures on key Civil War battles with particular focus on the monumental conflict at Gettysburg.
Langham will also incorporate some history of the 79th Regiment, of which he is a re-enactment member, into his presentation and share day by day actions of the Highlanders during the war from actual letters written during the war by the unit’s Adjutant Captain William Thomas Lusk. An avid collector of civil war weapons he will exhibit vintage Civil War swords, side arms and muskets..
Langham appeared in the acclaimed movie Gods and Generals as Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff, plus the Chief of Staff to the 20th Maine and Irish Brigades. He will also appear in the upcoming PBS production Young American Heroes – The Elisha Stockwell Story in which he plays the part of Brigadier General Crittenden. A highly articulate Civil War historian he has been published in the Civil War News and lectured at many venues to include Westcon as a visiting professor on the Civil War. In civilian life Langham spent his career at IBM as a Systems Programmer and High Tech Security Specialist and honed his talents as a seasoned lecturer having been a lead speaker for IBM, and later US Trust and the NSA,
In the re-enacting world Langham is among the most experienced Civil War soldiers rising thorough the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel in the Highlanders Regiment. Over the past 15 years he has participated in numerous staged battles fighting his way up the coast from Florida to New England. In addition he serves as treasurer to the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and is a Colonel in the 7th Arkansas, a confederate re-enactment unit.
Admission to this presentation is free and complimentary refreshments will be available for attendees. For more information on this and other scheduled programs of the Brookfield Historical Society log onto www.brookfieldcthistory.org.