48 East Patrick Street
Steve French will chronicle, Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign from his 2008 award winning book. John Daniel Imboden, a native of Staunton, Virginia; taught school at the Virginia Institute for the Education of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind as well as practicing law in his home town before the war. He originally served as captain of the Staunton Artillery from April 19, 1861 through the Battle of First Manassas where he was wounded. He continued his military career by organizing a battalion of partisan rangers, the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry. Promoted to Brigadier General in January of 1863; he commanded 3,400 men through northwestern Virginia who laid waste to rail bridges and captured $100,000 worth of Federal animals and supplies. His finest moment occurred during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg; trapped by flooding waters on the Potomac River at Williamsport, Maryland; he successfully protected the wagon train and repulsed Union advances without significant loss. Mr. French illustrates the tale of the harrowing retreat from Gettysburg through torrential rains, bad roads and Union Cavalry attacks with projected images of significant sites along the retreat taken before development altered the countryside. Mr. French is the author of scores of Civil War related articles and book reviews for The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine, North & South Magazine among others He is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the lower Shenandoah Valley, Potomac Highlands and along the Confederate retreat route from Gettysburg. Delaplaine Room doors open at 7:00pm. The one hour lecture starts at 7:30pm. First come first serve, reservations are not accepted.
The Summer Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public! The doors open at 7:00pm and the lecture will begin at 7:30pm.
For more information call 301-695-1864, ext. 17