Thursday, July 1, 2010

Battle of Jacks Shop Lecture and Tour

Today in Madison County: upcoming event alert: July 14, 2010

Yes the battle took place on September 22, but a lecture and tour of the fight will take place on July 14 (Bastille Day). The event is sponsored by The Madison Historical Society and the Madison Conservation Friends.

Tour of the Battle of Jack's Shop
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:30am Bethel United Methodist Church in Rochelle

The battle of Jack's Shop took place on 22 September in 1863. The contest was not only the biggest battle of the Civil War to occur on Madison County soil but also one of the largest cavalry engagements of the war. Fought from dawn to dark, the running battle involved thousands of troopers from two divisions of the federal army under Generals Buford, Kilpatrick, and Devin who had ambushed General Lee's cavalry division under General J E B Stuart.

On July 14, 2010, the Historical Society is cosponsoring, along with a group of interested citizens, an historical presentation on the Battle of Jack's Shop. A brief lecture given by Harold Woodward Jr., the author of several books on the history of Madison County and a Civil War Historian, will be followed by a tour of several of the sites on which the very bloody horse artillery and cavalry battle took place. The lecture will take place at 9.30 am in the pavilion of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Rochelle. The tour will follow immediately afterward.

Come to the lecture and tour to find out why the battle took place and who won. Coffee and donuts will be available to supply the energy necessary to withstand the excitement of the morning. For more information:
or call Doug at 540.948.3306

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