Tuesday: The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia presents author James Perry, who will speak on “Touched With Fire: Five Presidents and the Civil War Battles That Made Them” at Fort McNair. Social hour at 6 p.m. with cash bar, followed by dinner at 7 ($28, reservations required) and speaker at 8 (free). Contact Jim Hurdle at email@example.com or phone 301/585-7917.
Oct. 18: “Abraham Lincoln, American Hero” is the title of a lecture by Harold Holzer, author of “Lincoln at Cooper Union,” 6:30 p.m. at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. An award ceremony for winners of the Idea of America essay contest will precede the lecture. Admission by ticket only. Visit www.neh.gov to request tickets. More information: 202/606-8446.
Oct. 19: The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia will hear author Harold Holzer speak on “Lincoln at Cooper Union.” The meeting at the Fort McNair Officers’ Club includes dinner at 6:45 p.m. followed by Mr. Holzer at 7:45. Cost: $26. Reservations required by Wednesday. Phone Susan Dennis at 703/532-6188.
Today and tomorrow: Members of the Freedom Guards Living History Company will discuss the contributions of the U.S. Sanitary Commission on the hour starting at 11 a.m. at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Information: 301/695-1864 or www.civilwarmed.org.
Today: Naval history professor Craig Symonds lectures on the USS Constellation’s role in the Civil War at 2 p.m. at the USS Constellation Museum, Baltimore. Information: 410/539-1797.
Tuesday: Mary Ann Jung will portray Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, at 7:30 p.m. Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie. Free. Information: 301/809-3089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday: The Bull Run Civil War Round Table will hear author Bill Styple speak on “Writing and Fighting the Civil War: Confederate and Union Soldier Correspondents Plus the Letters of Peter Wellington Alexander, an Embedded Confederate Reporter,” at 7:15 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public. Information: 703/675-0702.
Oct. 13: Historian Garry Adelman will present a photographic history of Eastern battlefields at the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table at 8 p.m. at the Camp Hill Methodist Church, Washington and Gilmore streets, Harpers Ferry. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Information excerpted in part from the Civil War News, Tunbridge, VT 05077, by permission. Information for the calendar may be sent to email@example.com or by fax to 202/529-3298.