Saturday, November 14th, 1:00pm
Kris White ~~The Valley Forge Winter-The Christmas of 1862 in the Army of the Potomac
The year 1862 had started with high hopes for the Federal Army of the Potomac. The army had once been within 8 miles of the Confederate Capital of Richmond, and an end to the war was seemingly within their grasp. By Christmas of 1862 the army had been battered and defeated on numerous fields by Robert E. Lee, the worst coming in December, at Fredericksburg. The winter marked the lowest morale point for the army. We will examine how far the Union morale plummeted that December, and how the men coped with being away from home at Christmas, as well as the celebrations they enjoyed, in camp, during the 1862 holiday season.
Light refreshments served. Registration not required. Free and open to the public. 2nd Saturday Lecture Series made possible by the Massey Charitable Trust.