Chris Hartley discusses his book “The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest”

April 22, 2020

Please join us as we welcome author Chris Hartley to discuss his latest book The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hürtgen Forest

CHRIS J. HARTLEY

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
Reception to follow
Lexington, Virginia

Please RSVP no later than April 20, 2020.

To reserve your seat call Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or email reservations@marshallfoundation.org. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series

About The Lost Soldier

The Lost Soldier offers a perspective on World War II we don’t always get from histories and memoirs. Based on the letters home of Pete Lynn, the diary of his wife, Ruth, and meticulous research in primary and secondary sources, this book recounts the war of a married couple who represent so many married couples, so many soldiers, in World War II. The book tells the story of this couple, starting with their life in North Carolina and recounting how the war increasingly insinuated itself into the fabric of their lives, until Pete Lynn was drafted, after which the war became the essential fact of their life. Author Chris J. Hartley intricately weaves together all threads—soldier and wife, home front and army life, combat, love and loss, individual and army division—into an intimate, engaging narrative that is at once gripping military history and engaging social history. (Source: Rowman & Littlefield)

About the Speaker

Chris J. Hartley is the author of several nonfiction books.

His latest book is The Lost Soldier (Stackpole Books, 2018). It follows the ordeal of a World War II draftee and his family from the home front to the Huertgen Forest.

Prior to that, Hartley authored Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, which was published by John F. Blair, Publisher. The book won the Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was named a finalist for the Ben Franklin Award in History from the Independent Book Publishers Association. The Historic Salisbury Foundation also honored Hartley with a Preservation Education and Publication Award for his work on Stoneman’s Raid.

Hartley is also the author of Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry. The first edition, from Butternut & Blue, received the UDC’s Jefferson Davis Award. A revised expanded edition of Stuart’s Tarheels was published by McFarland & Co.

Hartley is a frequent speaker and battlefield tour guide who has also written several shorter works. That includes articles for popular history periodicals such as America’s Civil War, Gettysburg Magazine, Military Heritage, and Blue & Gray, and the introduction for a reprint of W.A. Day’s A True History of Company I, 49th North Carolina Troops.

He and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters. They live in Pfafftown, North Carolina, where Chris is a marketing executive.