Photograph of a cannon under a blooming tree

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Va.

Rob Shenk

Virtual Annual Conference

Join us for our free Virtual Annual Conference on Zoom

Schedule and speaker lineup are subject to change.
American Battlefield Trust Event
June 2 - 3, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 8:15 PM

Our Virtual Annual Conference is a free event hosted on our Zoom webinar platform. Please sign up for each session that you wish to attend. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with all of your login information (be sure and check your spam or junk folders). Space is limited, so sign up today!

Please Note: All session times are shown in Eastern Standard Time

June 2, 2021: 

11:30 AM: Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton with Mark Maloy, Emerging Revolutionary War.

Just six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington and the new American Army sit on the verge of utter destruction by the banks of the Delaware River. The despondent and demoralized group of men had endured repeated defeats and now were on the edge of giving up hope. Washington feared “the game is pretty near up.”  Rather than submit to defeat, Washington and his small band of soldiers launched one of the most storied military campaigns in American history and breathed life into the dying cause of liberty. Author and historian Mark Maloy will not only recount these epic events, he will show you the places where they occurred and where his brave soldiers grasped victory from the jaws of defeat. 

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1:00 PM: "The Most Brilliant Soldier": The Trials and Treason of Benedict Arnold with William "Billy" Griffith IV, Emerging Revolutionary War. 

He was the "American Hannibal", the most fearless battlefield commander in the Continental Army. From Quebec to Valcour Island, to Ridgefield and Saratoga, Benedict Arnold was always in the thick of things. His leadership, devotion, and valor, however, went underappreciated by his peers and he was constantly overlooked while others received the credit he felt was due to him. Years of personal slights accumulated and after marrying the loyalist Peggy Shippen in Philadelphia, following a severe wound at Saratoga, Arnold began a downward spiral toward treason. In 1780, he abandoned his Continental general's uniform for a scarlet one. He had betrayed his country, but in his mind, his country had betrayed him. Through this story of raw human emotion and passion, find out what made this American hero become the Revolutionary War's most treacherous villain. 

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4:00 PM: A Most Deadly Contest: The River Crossing and Street Fighting at Fredericksburg with Kristopher White, American Battlefield Trust.

Often overshadowed by the fighting at Marye’s Heights two days later, the Federal river crossing at Fredericksburg led to the first instance of major street fighting in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. On December 11, 1862, Brigadier General William Barksdale’s Mississippi brigade looked to thwart the crossing of the largest Union Army on the continent to that date. A determined enemy ensconced in a cityscape. The bombardment of an American city. And a riverine crossing under fire played out like a Greek tragedy on the banks of the Rappahannock River. 

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7:00 PM: The Chaos and Carnage of the Medical Field During Civil War with Paige Gibbons Backus, Emerging Civil War. 

At the turn of the 19th century, the medical field was advancing far beyond the realms of humors and scarificators through the increased establishment of medical schools and the controversial practice of dissection. Yet, even with the medical advancements of the time schools could not prepare medical personnel for the Civil War. The Civil War’s over 700,000 casualties created chaos, carnage, and challenges that ultimately propelled the medical field to the advanced practice that many of us take for granted today. 

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June 3, 2021:

11:30 AM: The Many Layers of Lexington, Virginia/Ancestor Research with Anne Gillespie Mitchell, 

Gettysburg. Antietam.  Appomattox.  You know the places the Civil War was fought.  And you may even know you have ancestors who fought.  But do you know their personal story?  What battles they fought and who they fought with?  We’ve done a lot of the work for you.  We will show you how to discover your civil war ancestors and what their personal history was during the Civil War. 

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1:00 PM: Finding the Maryland 400 with Owen Lourie, Maryland State Archives. 

This talk chronicles the Maryland 400, the soldiers from Maryland who saved George Washington's army at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776. It describes their actions, including their famous last stand against the British. It also follows the lives of some of the soldiers after the war.

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4:00 PM: For the Use of the Public: An Introduction to the Records of the Williamsburg Public Store, 1775-1780 with Kate Egner Gruber, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. 

The Williamsburg Public Store operated in Virginia’s colonial capital from 1775 until 1780, supporting Virginia’s efforts to secure American independence.  The activities of the store are preserved in the journals, ledgers, and daybooks which enumerate both the day-to-day functions and long-term goals of Virginia’s war effort. This presentation will cover a basic introduction to the Public Store through the lens of the documents it left behind, from the inner-workings of the store itself to its impact on Williamsburg’s civilian occupation, and how the store changed the landscape of the colonial capital as the Revolution came to Virginia.  

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7:00 PM: The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson with Dr. Chris Mackowski, Emerging Civil War. 

Jackson’s loss has been called one of the major turning points of the war. Follow his last days, from his flank attack at Chancellorsville and his accidental wounding by his own men, to the amputation of his arm and his final journey over the river to rest under the shade of the trees. 

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