• Battle of Richmond interest initiated by Lambert book

    Dr. D. Warren Lambert jumpstarted the Battle of Richmond Association (BORA). The Berea College history professor did it with the publication of his 1996 book, "When the Ripe Pears Fell, the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky."

    Soon after, interest in the 1862 Civil War conflict intensified, land where the battle was fought was purchased, and BORA was formed in 2001 to continue preservation of the history and heritage of the battle. Lambert, who died in 2002 at age 75, was well known and respected as an expert on the American Civil War and Russian history. While at Berea College, there often was a waiting list for his courses on the War Between the States.

    The Fairfax, S.D., native earned his bachelor's degree from Berea in 1948 and his master's degree (1957) and his PhJD. (1974) from the University of Kentucky. Lambert served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and, prior to that, was secretary to U.S. Representative Francis H. Case of South Dakota. Returning to Berea, he was associate editor of The Berea Citizen newspaper in 1952-53 and began his long tenure with Berea College in 1955.

    He began that year as an Instructor of Social Studies at the Berea Foundation School. He later taught history and political science at the college level from 1963 until his retirement in 1999, becoming chairman of the History Department. In 1992, Lambert received Berea College's highest faculty honor, the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also received the Berea College Alumni Association's Award of Special Merit in 1994.

    Lambert held many major offices in numerous historical societies and organizations. He was a member of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable and a charter member of the Madison County Civil War Roundtable. Active in the American Legion, he served as Dean of Instruction for the Bluegrass Boys State program for a number of years. He also served as Berea Police Judge.

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