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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 will take place upstairs at Baine's Books and Coffee.
After decisive Union defeats in the Seven Days Battle of 1862, Abraham Lincoln appointed John Pope as the new and ideally more aggressive leader of the Army of Virginia. Pope’s role in Northern Virginia in the late summer of 1862 was twofold: protect the Federal capital at Washington and draw Confederate troops away from other Union forces under George McClellan. Confederate General Robert E. Lee saw this plan of splitting the Federal forces as an opportunity to defeat both armies, beginning with Pope’s. Join Richard Hutchison to learn how the actions of both Lee’s and Pope’s armies set the stage for the Battle of Second Manassas in August of 1862.
Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase at Baine's Books and Coffee (Outside lunches are not permitted).