Local Author Terry Barkley To Discuss His New Book "Twilight Of The Confederacy" On Saturday, February 25, At The Central Library

Flyer of Local Author Talk with Terry Barkley of Twilight of the Confederacy on Saturday, February 25, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Please join us at the Central Library on Saturday, February 25, 2023, starting at 11:00 a.m., as local author Terry Barkley discusses his new book, Twilight of the Confederacy: The Alabama Corps of Cadets and the Burning of the University of Alabama.

Many Alabamians today may not be aware that, during the Civil War, the University of Alabama became a military school complete with a commandant, a cadet corps, and daily drill instruction. By 1865, the last year of the war, the Alabama Corps of Cadets numbered 300 and consisted mostly of fifteen and sixteen-year-old boys.

Charged with defending Tuscaloosa, the young members of the corps found themselves in April of 1865 facing a well-seasoned force of 1,500 U.S. calvary troops that were determined to destroy both the city's manufacturing industries and the military school at the University of Alabama. Being outnumbered and outmaneuvered, the cadets were easily defeated and forced to retreat. The federal forces, having dispatched their resistance, proceeded to achieve their goal by capturing Tuscaloosa and burning most of the University. Little did both sides know at the time, this would prove to be one of the last military actions of the war. 

In Twilight of the Confederacy, Mr. Barkley utilizes archival, primary, and secondary sources to tell the story of the Alabama Corps of Cadets and their service during the Civil War. 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. For more information, please contact Jim Murrary by email at jim.murray@cobpl.org or by phone at 205-226-3640.

  • What: Author talk with Terry Barkley about his new book, Twilight of the Confederacy: The Alabama Corps of Cadets and the Burning of the University of Alabama
  • Where: Central Library, Research Building, 4th Floor, Arrington Auditorium
  • Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

By Jim Murray | Librarian Ⅱ, Central Library