Jul 182009

Col. Keith Gibson

Col. Keith Gibson

Regular listeners of our podcast or our live streaming feed might know Rick Britton. He’s a historian and cartographer and a frequent guest on WINA’s Charlottesville Right Now with Coy Barefoot. Rick also organizes a Civil War lecture and day-trip series in conjunction with the Charlottesville Senior Center.

On Wednesday July 15th Col. Keith Gibson, the V.M.I. Director of Museum Operations, delivered a presentation on the Battle of Cedar Mountain. Fought on August 9th, 1862, Cedar Mountain — the first major acttion of the Second Manassas Campaign — pitted Confederate Gen. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson with a large portion of his Corps (almost 20,000 men), against Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks with 8,000. During this large meeting engagement, Banks attacked furiously — and was actually driving back Jackson’s initial force — when Confederate reinforcements arrived and turned the tide.

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Rick Britton will conduct a tour of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. After lunch the group will take a Civil War walking tour of the historic downtown area presented by Virginia Morton, the well-known author of Marching Through Culpeper! Bus tour departs from the Charlottesville Senior Center at 9:00 AM. There is a fee for the tour. Call 974-6538 for more info.

This is part four of a seven part series. The event is held every third Wednesday at the Charlottesville Senior Center.

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