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Ten Year Old Gilbert Van Zandt the Youngest Soldier in the Civil War

February 28, 2018, National media analyst and author Clint Van Zandt will present a discussion concerning a line of patriots resulting in the youngest “man” to fight in the Civil War and how a group of family malcontents brought about the shortest territorial secession in U.S. history; one that occurred after the end of that war. He will begin by looking at how a then recent arrival to America from the old world, someone who would later become a personal friend of Davy Crockett, fought for this country’s freedom in the Revolutionary War, and how that family line led to two relatives who fought on either side of the Civil War. One, a Confederate Captain, would be taken POW and later become a founding father of Ft. Worth, Texas. The second, a 10-year-old boy, joined the Union Army, was recommended for the Medal of Honor due to his heroics in the battle of Bentonville, SC, and rode in a place of prominence in the 1865 Grand Review of Armies in Washington, DC. He then had a personal audience with President Johnson, who made the young soldier an offer few would have refused. Finally Van Zandt will share the true story of yet another member of this same family who became the inspiration for one of the most frightening movies of all times, this while tracing this family line from Holland to Fredericksburg.

Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI's internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He was also the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. Prior to this he was an Agent with U.S. Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations and he has testified before the U.S. Senate.

As an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas and he has conducted negotiations that have brought about the release of hostages held by prison rioters and has secured the release of kidnap victims held by both South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. Clint Van Zandt correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fateful bombing and also led the analytical team that helped to identify the "Unabomber."

A well-known author and television and radio commentator concerning crime and human behavior, he has made more television appearances than any other FBI Agent in history, to include well over 3,000 national and international TV shows (NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and NPR, etc.) and has appeared on programs such as The Today Show, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends, Charlie Rose, Inside Edition, Anderson Cooper 360, The NBC Nightly News, The View, Meet the Press, The O'Riley Factor, Imus in the Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and many international news shows on British, Canadian, Japanese and German TV, and has contributed to many media print and radio stories. He is currently NBC/MSNBC TV's Senior on-air Criminal Analyst. His life and career were profiled in "The New Yorker Magazine" and Court TV aired a biography on his life (The Negotiator).

Clint Van Zandt's newest book, "Facing down Evil, Life as an FBI Profiler & Hostage negotiator," is available worldwide and has been published in a number of foreign languages, as a book on tape, and as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. His book "Dynamic Processes of Crisis Negotiation," was awarded the 1998 Best Book Award by The International Association for Conflict Management. In addition to his frequent national and international television and radio appearances, he also wrote a weekly Internet column for MSNBC.com/Newsvine.com and currently contributes to other online publications that are read by thousands of readers each week. Clint is an extremely popular corporate, social, and cruise ship lecturer. He has spoken before many diverse groups such as the U.S. Naval Academy, the American Psychological Association, the U.S. State Department – Regional Security Officer Course, and the American Society for Industrial Security. He is also a frequent lecturer at a number of major U.S. and international institutes of higher education as well large fund raising, yearly corporate and other social events such as subscription town hall meetings and Chamber of Commerce meetings.

Clint's academic background includes a B.S., a Masters, and two honorary Doctorate degrees. He was an adjunct instructor at the University of Virginia and an accredited faculty member of the FBI Academy. His seminars, lectures and after dinner speeches are exciting, interesting, dynamic, educational and humorous at appropriate times, and he leaves his audiences with valuable insights and critical information that can help them better understand human behavior, and perhaps even save their lives!

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