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This evening my discussions concerning unusual places in the Civil War will descend upon Hampton Roads. Most Civil War enthusiasts are well acquainted with the famous ironclad battle and the story of the construction about the Union participant. Tonight we will move to the other side of the ledger to discuss the construction of the Virginia and it’s subsequent destruction to add bookends to the middle part of the story.
Tonight, Gordon Gidlund will focus on how much Shakespeare was a part of the cultural literacy of the country at the time, as shown by theatre attendance, allusions in political speeches and soldiers' letters, and Lincoln's near-obsessive interest in the Bard, with the terrible irony of course being that he was killed by a noted Shakespearean actor.
Tonight, author Sarah Bierle will present on her book "Call Out the Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864". Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley had seen years of fighting. In the spring of 1864, Union Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel prepared to lead a new invasion force into the Valley, operating on the far right flank of Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign. Breckinridge scrambled to organize the Confederate defense. The Battle of New Market, though a smaller conflict in the grand scheme of that blood-soaked summer, came at a crucial moment in the Union’s offensive movements that spring and also became the last major Confederate victory in the Shenandoah Valley. In "Call Out the Cadets", Ms. Bierle traces the history of this important, yet smaller battle. While covering the military aspects of the battle, the book also follows the history of individuals whose lives or military careers were changed because of the fight. Sarah Bierle is a managing editor for Emerging Civil War’s blog. She has spent the last few years researching, writing, and speaking about the American Civil War, helping audiences gain a better appreciation for the accounts of real people caught in the struggles of the past.