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Civil War Lecture Series at Sully Commemorates Sesquicentennial

Civil war reenactment at SullyAs we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Sully Historic Site presents an evening lecture series. This Civil War commemorative program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom Fitzhugh Hanes, one of the original founders. Each evening, National Park Service historians present an in-depth look at the Battle of Gettysburg.

This series, on the second Tuesdays of March, April and May, offers a day-by-day account of this best-known Civil War battle.

On March 12, 2013 Lt. Col. Bill Hewitt, a seasonal ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, provides an overview of The Gettysburg Campaign and the July 1st battle. Hewitt served 31 years in the United States Army, including four years as an instructor at the Center for Army Tactics. His recently published book, The Campaign of Gettysburg - Command Decisions, will be available for purchase.

On April 9, Angie Atkinson will give insights on the second day of the battle including Little Round Top and Devil’s Den. She is currently a Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park where her primary duties are presenting interpretive programming and coordinating the park's social media outlets. For the past ten years her work with the Park Service has taken her to Independence National Historical Park, Vicksburg National Military Park and Natchez National Historical Park. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Applied History at Shippensburg University and hopes to graduate in the spring of 2013.

Wrapping up Sully’s Civil War lecture series on May 14, Matt Atkinson, National Park Service Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, will discuss the final day of this most famous and important battle. A well-versed and entertaining speaker, Atkinson has been in the history field for over 20 years and is a co-founder of Civil War Excursion Tours.

The March talk will be held at Cabell’s Mill in Centreville. The April and May talks will be held at Sully, in the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee. Talks begin at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. A suggested donation of $5 will be gratefully accepted. Space is limited. Call to reserve your seat now. For more information and directions to both locations call 703-437-1794.

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