Civil War historians Clark B. “Bud” Hall and Childs Burden will present a free lecture, "Middleburg and its Strategic Role in the Gettysburg Campaign of the Civil War," at the National Sporting Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010. This event is part of the Saturday Public Lecture Series, made possible by an anonymous donor.
The bronze Civil War horse in front of the Library memorializes the 1 ˝ million horses and mules in the Union and Confederate cavalries which perished during the Civil War and at the same time commemorates the fighting that took place near that spot during the Battle of Middleburg on June 19, 1863. This battle was part of the Gettysburg Campaign in which the Confederate Army marched northward through the Old Dominion on its way to Pennsylvania. Federal cavalry led by Union General Alfred Pleasonton attacked the Confederate forces of General Jeb Stuart, with heavy fighting occurring south and west of town. The Citizens Committee on the Historic Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville plans to install an interpretative marker on NSL grounds as part of the Virginia Civil War Trail.
In their lecture, Hall and Burden will focus on Middleburg's strategic geographical role in the Gettysburg Campaign and the street-by-street action that ensued on June 19, as Confederate and Union cavalry battled for supremacy of this militarily-vital hamlet. The discussion will conclude with a description of the decisive Battle of Upperville on June 21 where Stuart’s forces prevailed.
The National Sporting Library is located at 102 The Plains Rd. in Middleburg. For more information, visit www.nsl.org. Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to Judy Sheehan at 540-687-6542 x 10 or email@example.com leaving your name and contact number.
Bud Hall of Middleburg, Virginia, has written and lectured widely on the cavalry operations in the American Civil War. Childs Burden, also of Middleburg, has been active in historic preservation for over 25 years. Burden will introduce Hall and will also discuss Civil War cavalry.
National Sporting Library
102 The Plains Rd. (P.O. Box 1335)
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540)687-6542 x 10 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.nsl.org/
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