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HISTORYtalks: Sigel in the Shenandoah by David Powell

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HISTORYtalks: Sigel in the Shenandoah by David Powell
HISTORYtalks: Sigel in the Shenandoah by David Powell

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May 15, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT

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Please join us for a Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours Lecture Series! Our next lecture will be: Sigel in the Shenandoah by David Powell. Cost is $6 per person. Zoom Login details will be sent with your email registration confirmation. The talk will be recorded and sent to participants to view about a week after the live talk.


Previous examinations of the New Market Campaign have focused on the Confederate side of the story, due in large part to the role played by the VMI Cadets at that battle. But there is another aspect to the campaign which has remained unexplored: the role and efforts of Franz Sigel. The Union defeat is usually laid at Sigel’s feet, with him largely dismissed as a buffoon in blue; rarely are the deeper aspects of the Union effort explored. In this talk I will examine the roles played by Union Generals Grant, E.O.C. Ord, and George Crook as well as Sigel’s own stumbles.


David A. Powell authored The Maps of Chickamauga, Failure in the Saddle, Chickamauga Campaign: a Mad Irregular Battle, Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave, Chickamauga Campaign: A Barren Victory, and his most recent title, Battle Above the Clouds. Powell is a 1983 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in History. He resides in Chicago where he works at CBS Messenger, a family business, and regularly leads tours at Chickamauga Battlefield.


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