1862 Battle of Williamsburg commemorated in CW

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April 21, 2009

2:26 AM

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.

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