Bob Conner signing General Gordon Granger
03/15/2014 1:00 pm
03/15/2014 2:30 pm
Chickamauga and the Man Behind Juneteenth.
Gordon Granger was from upstate New York, went to West Point and spent his career in the U.S. Army. He played major roles in numerous Civil War campaigns. After the war, as commander of U.S. troops in Texas, his June 19 order freeing slaves was one of the most significant documents of Reconstruction, prompting “Juneteenth” celebrations that continue to this day.
Author Robert Conner spent most of his career in journalism, including 21 years at the Daily Gazette. He has won two first-place awards from the New York State Associated Press Association.