“Sam Sweeney” Civil War Conversation

January 8, 2014 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm
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Josie Butler
159 Horseshoe Rd.
(855) 649-1861 x203

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.

Sam Sweeney, a member of the famed musical Sweeney family of Appomattox County, Virginia, had traveled with his family playing his banjo and singing throughout the South, even performing for Queen Victoria. When he joined the Cavalry in the Civil War, his music was soon heard throughout the camp and drew the attention of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart “abducted” him and he became part of Stuart’s staff, playing for him and calming him when he became agitated. Come hear David Wooldridge of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, an accomplished banjoist himself, tell the story of Sam Sweeney. Admission is free, but does not include entrance to the Museum's exhibits.