April 1, 2014 - The University Research Committee and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, Tenn., will host the Dr. Robert L. Kincaid Endowed Research Center Lecture on Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Arnold Auditorium of the ALLM. The guest speaker will be Dr. George Gross, a civilian employee with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gross will speak on the topic “"Retribution and Rebirth in the American Civil War -- Lincoln's Perspective." The talk will examine Lincoln's theme that the Civil War was a punishment for the crime of American slavery, and it will explore a variety of Scriptural meanings in Lincoln's idea of "a new birth of freedom" at Gettysburg. Gross holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

The Dr. Robert L. Kincaid Endowed Research Center at the ALLM promotes the scholarly study and public understanding of the influence created by the Judeo-Christian Ethic upon the era and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The Center is made possible through a generous endowment contribution and is named after Dr. Robert L. Kincaid, who served as LMU president from 1947 to 1958.

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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Caption: Dr. George Gross.

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