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“Washington County Virginia During the Civil War” Lecture by Michael Shaffer
Arts Array - 1863 - Beware of False Confidence: A Civil War Series
Date: 2/21/2013 7:30 PM
Cost: Free for Everyone
Location: Executive Auditorium Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia
April Fool’s Day, 1863, one day before the infamous “Bread Riot” in Richmond, brought a large snowfall to Abingdon. The frigid temperatures quickly warmed as the area received its first major war scare, when a report of 2,500 Federal soldiers on their way to the saltworks alarmed the local citizenry. Although no large-scale battles occurred on Washington County soil, the area became a key supply zone for Confederate armies, resulting in several Northern efforts to secure the region’s vital resources.