Iain MacGregor has worked in non-fiction publishing for almost three decades, having begun his editorial career with Osprey Publishing. He has edited books on various Civil War campaigns, including Shiloh, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He has since gone on to publish books with major historians such as Stephen E. Ambrose, David McCullough, Simon Schama, Max Hastings, Michael Wood, David Grann, and Professor Richard Overy. He is also the author of Checkpoint Charlie.
The U.S. Civil War was the most cataclysmic military struggle of the late 19th century. In four bloody years of fighting more than 620,000 American soldiers and sailors lost their lives in over 8,000 battles, engagements and skirmishes. Iain MacGregor will present the deadliest one-day battle in American history, the Battle of Antietam, fought on 17 September 1862 near Sharpsburg, Maryland. While this battle was considered a tactical draw, it proved pivotal as it led to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He will cover not only the battle itself, but the build-up to the war, the issue of slavery, and its legacy.
The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free
We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.
For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.
Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).