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Maine Museum Hosts Event About Civil War General

Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, after the American Civil War, circa 1908.
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine State Museum in Augusta is hosting a program about Civil War general and Leeds, Maine, native Oliver Otis Howard.

Author Gordon Weil will speak at the event. He wrote The Good Man: The Civil War's "Christian General" and His Fight for Racial Equality about Howard in 2013.

Howard led the Freedmen's Bureau after the war. He directed the bureau's task of integrating freed slaves in society in the South. He also founded Howard University in Washington and served as its president from 1869 to 1874.

The free event is scheduled for April 30 at 6:30 pm at the museum located in the Maine statehouse complex.

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