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The public is invited to a talk by James Lee McDonough, author of “William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

McDonough is a Civil War historian and professor emeritus at Auburn University. He is the author of nine books, including “Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble” and “Shiloh: In Hell Before Night.”

The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3-4 p.m. Visitors can view “On the March to the Sea,” an engraving that portrays Sherman’s March.

The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Support for this event comes from the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the website.