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Schedule and speaker lineup is subject to change

Friday, October 23, 2020

Lunch on your own

2:00 P.M.: Observation Balloons During the Peninsula Campaign with Dr. James Green

It was during the Peninsula Campaign that the use of military balloons reached its greatest glory but also suffered major setbacks as both sides struggled to learn how to use observation balloons to their advantage. In the end, systematic balloon observations faded from use by June 1863 and the Union Balloon Corps was disbanded. This lecture will emphasize the exciting details of how the balloons were used on the Peninsula and their subsequent impact.

3:00 P.M.: The Life and Times of Patrick Henry

Talk description coming soon.

4:00 P.M.: Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River with Dr. Chris Mackowski 

The most overlooked segment of the 1864 Overland Campaign also represented some of the best chances for both Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee had for destroying each other’s armies—but the war of attrition at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse had taken a personal toll on the commanders, peppering the North Anna River with lost opportunities.