War stories

Free seminar to spotlight Jefferson in 1864

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Experts from the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission are teaming up to highlight what happened in the county during 1864, the turning point of the Civil War.

The two-day seminar, “Jefferson County in 1864,” takes place June 23 in Charles Town – at the historic Fisherman’s Hall – and June 25 in Shepherdstown.

There’s no cost to attend and the event is open to anyone interested. The deadine to sign up comes June 20.

Presenters will include Antietam National Battlefield Historian Ted Alexander, seminar organizers Doug Perks and Donna Northouse and local historians, Jim Glymph, Frank Surdu, Don Watts and John Bagladi.

Perks, the historian at the Jefferson County Museum, will kick off the June 23 session at Fisherman’s Hall at 312 S. West St. with a rundown of key events and personalities in the county.

Other speakers that day will include Glymph on stereoviews of Harpers Ferry, Surdu on Civil War ironclads, Watts on the genealogy of a Civil War family and Bagladi’s “The Search for John Reid.”

The June 25 seminar unfolds at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German St.

Among the day’s highlights: Perks’ discussion of Henrietta Bedinger Lee and the burning of Bedford, her Shepherdstown home and Northouse’s assessment of the wartime contributions of visual artists, including Martinsburg native David Hunter Strother, Shepherdstown’s Alexander Boteler and Winslow Homer, who traveled with the Army of the Potomac.

At 1:30 p.m., Alexander will deliver the seminar’s keynote address, “McCausland’s Raid and the Burning of Chambersburg.” He’ll also sign copies of his book, “Antietam: The Bloodiest Day.”

Each session lasts from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants making their own plans for lunch. History lovers may attend one or both days of the seminar, and participation earns Jefferson County teachers staff development credit.

To sign up, contact Donna Northouse (dnorthouse@gmail.com or 304-876-7012).


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