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Film Screening of “The General” starring Buster Keaton

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Camden County College

Connector Building – Large Lecture Hall Room 105 at the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.

200 College Drive

Blackwood, NJ 08012

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The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility, present this 6-week Lecture Series exploring the impact and effects of the American Civil War on the lives of the citizens of New Jersey. The programs focus on topics that may be little known or rarely written in New Jersey Civil War history.

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Film Screening of “The General” starring Buster Keaton, presented by Robert Baumgartner. This 1926 silent classic is regarded as one of the greatest American films ever made. Adapted from the memoirs of William Pittenger, it is the story of The Great Locomotive Chase, an actual Union raid during the Civil War. The Western and Atlantic Railroad #3 “General” is a steam locomotive built in 1855 by Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor in Paterson, New Jersey. Sergeant William Pittenger of the 2nd Ohio Infantry was one of the Union raiders. A Medal of Honor recipient, he resided in Vineland, NJ for a number of years after the war. Robert C. Baumgartner is an adjunct professor of History at Camden County College primarily working with the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility. Mr. Baumgartner received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rowan University, and graduate training in historic preservation from Arizona State University. Mr. Baumgartner is also a faculty member of the history department of Triton Regional High School.

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Connector Building – Large Lecture Hall Room 105 at the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.

200 College Drive

Blackwood, NJ 08012

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