Cyclones in Calico – Women in the American Civil War

David Skillen


Region:
Anywhere
Type:
Professional Speaker
Fee:
Paid: £60 within 30 miles of Belper Derbyshire, £70 over 30 miles - I do not charge additional expenses
Category:
History
Updated:
08th January 2018
Tagged:
Military | Women | American History

From spies to nurses to songwriters women performed many roles in the Civil War, roles that hitherto had not been considered “lady like”. Some were former slaves like Harriet Tubman. Others like Clara Barton went on to form the American Red Cross. In this talk we will encounter some of these formidable ladies. We’ll meet Mother Bickerdyke, learn how Sally Tompkins ran the hospital that had the fewest deaths in the Confederacy and see what a real Scarlett O’Hara looked like.


About David Skillen

David is an engaging and animated professional speaker on a variety of historical subjects. During his 35 years in the Civil Service he ran training programmes on public speaking and spoke to audiences from 5 to 500 people. Since retiring five years ago he has travelled extensively across the UK giving fully illustrated talks to a variety of groups such as, Probus, WI, National Trust and U3A.

Married to Lynn he lives in Belper Derbyshire, where he was also a guide at the famous Belper North Mill for three years. They have travelled extensively across the United States visiting battlefields from the American Civil War as well as the Alamo. He has studied American Civil War in detail for many years. David and Lynn were members of the Towton Battlefield Society when they lived in Yorkshire, hence an interest in the Wars of the Roses. David was also a battlefield guide for the Society for 7 years.

More recently David has expanded his repertoire of talks to include such diverse subjects as The Royal Observer Corps, he was a member of the Corps for 10 years, The Bentley Motor Racing Team of the 1920's and his adopted home town of Belper and its key role in the Industrial Revolution.

What audiences have said about his talks:

“With our knowledge of this bit of history (The Alamo) mostly confined to a John Wayne/Davy Crockett film and song, it was a most entertaining and enlightening morning.”

“Your talk was excellent and my strongest critics have asked for a return visit” – Speaker Secretary

“You can almost smell the gunpowder”.

“I wish you had been my history teacher – I would have listened!”


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