Getting to Gettysburg WebEx Event

Join us on Friday for a discussion of Loudoun in the Gettysburg Campaign

Getting to Gettysburg with Craig Swain

Friday, July 10, 2020  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

In June 1863, the Union Army traveled northward through Loudoun County on its way to Gettysburg to face the Confederate troops in what would become the biggest battle ever fought in North America. Historian Craig Swain will discuss how the Union Army’s stay in Loudoun helped shape that battle and the local waypoints that still mark the journey. Use this link to watch a live of the program. The link will become active beginning at the start time listed for this program. Event password: LCPLNote that you may have to download WebEx or a temporary WexEx application to activate the link.

Link to Event Details

We originally scheduled this as an “in person” talk at one of our local pubs, part of the History & Hops program series. But the bars were closed on the anniversary date (June 27). And even now seating is limited for indoor events. So we’ve moved this to an online event, using WebEx.

Hops and History – September 20

Another event coming up in the next few months that I’d bring to your attention:
HopsAndHistorySept20

Loudoun County Public Library’s program of “Hops and History” aims to bring history out to a less formal setting.  In this case, Dragon Hops Brewing, in Purcellville, Virginia.

My talk will focus on the Army of the Potomac’s movements through Loudoun County in June 1863.  With this being a localized event, I will provide more coverage of the stories, places, and participants in Loudoun… and less so to the grand strategy and operations.  In short, we will consider the marks left behind by the passing of that army… in addition to how the army’s stay in Loudoun affected its performance on the fields at Gettysburg.

Again, the event details:

Location: Dragon Hops Brewing, 130 East Main Street, Purcellville, Virginia 20132

Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m.

Hop…. um… Hope to see you there!

Roads to Gettysburg – Seminar and Tour, July 24-29

Let’s look beyond the cold days of winter and start planning for those long, warm summer days!  The Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours will host “Roads to Gettysburg,” July 24-29.  Six days of focused discussion and tours covering the early phases of the Gettysburg Campaign.   From their website:

We will follow the Blue and Gray on their roads to Gettysburg. Tour the decisive battle ground of Brandy Station, where J.E.B. Stuart and his horsemen battled the Yankees in the largest cavalry action in North America. Also touring the newly restored Second Winchester battlefield where Confederates opened the gates of the great Valley for the invasion of Pennsylvania. Bonus tours will include Aldie, Upperville, Middleburg, and Mosby’s Confederacy. Conference based in Chambersburg, Pa. 

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Featuring Eric Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, Jerry Holsworth, Steve French, Jeffrey Wert, & others.

And I’m proud to say yours truly is among those involved.  On Friday, July 27, part of the evening sessions, my talk is “The Army of the Potomac on the March to the Potomac” and will cover the Federal advance through Loudoun County to include the crossing at Edwards Ferry.

If you have not attended the Chambersburg tours, I give them the highest endorsements.  Dollar for dollar, these are the best, in my opinion.  Managed by retired NPS historian Ted Alexander, these are offered in a way to match good, well researched presentations with plenty completing field time on tours.

And if that pitch hasn’t sold you… consider that Chambersburg’s Civil War Seminars & Tours has raised over $200,000 for preservation causes.  So by attending you are learning, while at the same time paying it forward so future generations will have the same opportunity.   So please consider attending this worthy event!