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James Hagy: Life in Washington County during the Civil War
Arts Array - Civil War Lecture Series
Date: 2/6/2014 7:30 PM
Cost: Free for Everyone
Location: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
For residents of Washington County, the Civil War brought four years of misery. This lecture will deal with what was happening in the county during the war rather than distant battles. Topics will include slavery in Washington County, the decision to go to war, the initial enthusiasm for war, the volunteer units, conscription, desertion, disease, fears of insurrection, speculators, near starvation, impressment of food and slaves, the burden of Confederate troops in the area, two Federal incursions in 1863, marauders in the mountains, the imposition of taxes, the massacre after the First Battle of Saltville followed by the murders at the Emory hospital, Stoneman’s raid, and the aftermath of the fi ghting. Hagy is a retired professor of history at the College of Charleston and is the author of History of Washington County, Virginia to 1865.