Winchester on the Eve of Civil War

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Thursday, February 27th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Now Near Prospect of Civil Fratricidal War: Winchester on the Eve of Civil War begins at 7 p.m. in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. While Winchester’s Civil War story is well known, few have examined Winchester’s experiences on the eve of our American Iliad. This presentation will cover the wide-ranging reactions of Winchester’s population to the events of John Brown’s raid, the varied attitudes toward secession in this community, and what ultimately prompted loyalties to shift from pro-Union to ardently pro-Confederate in the spring of 1861. Speaker Jonathan Noyalas has contributed many articles, essays, book chapters and reviews to a variety of publications, including Civil War Time, America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray and Hallowed Ground. In addition to teaching at Shenandoah University, Noyalas has served as a historian for a variety of public history projects with such organization as the National Park Service, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Civil War Trust and National Geographic. Contact Center for Lifelong Learning Coordinator Jo Miller at 540/665-5442 or jmille3@su.edu FREE

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