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Prince William County Historic Preservation Lecture Series- The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate

Prince William Historic Preservation Lecture Series: Galvanized: The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Free, $5 suggested donation

Every Civil War veteran had a story to tell. But few stories top the one lived by Wright Stephen Batchelor. North Carolina farmer Batchelor fought on both sides of the conflict. During his time in each uniform, Batchelor barely avoided death at the Battle of Gettysburg, was captured twice, including once at Bristoe Station, and survived one of the war’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps. He escaped and, after walking hundreds of miles, rejoined his comrades at Petersburg, Virginia, just as the Union siege there began. Once the war ended, Batchelor returned on foot to his farm, where he took part in local politics, supported rights for freedmen, and was fatally involved in a bizarre hometown murder. Historian Michael Brantley will share Batchelor’s story.

Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872.

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