Colonial Williamsburg will commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Williamsburg May 5. Historian Carson Hudson will deliver a lecture about the impact of the battle on mid-nineteenth century Williamsburg the battle at the DeWitt Decorative Arts Museum. Hudson’s lecture will draw comparisons between the Civil War era and present-day Williamsburg, and will be visually enhanced with a projection of photographs and drawings from the era.
The Battle of Williamsburg was one of several battles during McClellan’s 1862 Peninsula Campaign. The Union army, advancing from Yorktown, met a smaller confederate force near Fort Magruder in Williamsburg. The battle was inconclusive, and the Confederates executed an orderly withdrawal back to Richmond.
The lecture is included with museum admission.