“Raiders, Rangers, and Rogues: Irregular Warfare in the Confederacy” Civil War Conversation

March 12, 2014 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm
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Josie Butler
159 Horseshoe Rd.
(855) 649-1861 x203
(434) 352-5791

Every second Wednesday of the month, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are partnering to bring the Civil War Sesquicentennial to Appomattox. Each month, a knowledgable speaker will lead a discussion on a topic or event's 150th anniversary. The talks take place at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.

Pro-Confederate and pro-Union bushwhackers and guerrillas terrorized their opponents and implemented their own law and order in areas the regular army did not control, while partisan rangers and cavalry raiders contributed tactical advantages to the war effort. By the end of the conflict, neither the Confederate government nor the Union military could effectively control or counter irregular warfare, and the chaos caused some states to threaten to secede from the Confederacy. This talk will examine the three components of irregular warfare and some of their key figures, including William Quantrill, John Mosby, Jesse McNeill, and John Hunt Morgan. It will also discuss how continuing the war through guerrilla means was a viable option, and why the Confederate leaders ultimately rejected it. Join Karissa Marken, Liberty University Graduate Student, for this lunchtime talk. 

Admission is free, but does not include entrance to the Museum's exhibits.