Thu, Aug 15|
HISTORYtalks: To Reclaim a Western Frontier: Jenkin's 1862 & 1863 Trans-Allegheny Raids by Jon-Erik Gilot
Time & Location
Aug 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
About the Event
Please join us for a Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours Lecture Series! Our next lecture will be: To Reclaim a Western Frontier: Jenkins's 1862 & 1863 Trans-Allegheny Raids by Jon-Erik Gilot. Cost is $6 per person. Zoom Login details will be sent with your email registration confirmation.
The Autumn of 1862 was a busy time with no less than seven Confederate counteroffensives across six states. Often overlooked amongst these campaigns was the Kanawha Valley Campaign and General Albert Gallatin Jenkins's Trans-Allegheny Raid. In concert with General William W. Loring's push down the Kanawha, Jenkins penetrated more than 500 miles behind Union lines, crossed the Ohio River, and became the first Confederate force to plant their flag on Union soil. This talk will trace the movements, personalities, and outcomes of Jenkins's 1862 Raid, as well as a second raid in early 1863 that again penetrated to the banks of the Ohio River. Ride along with Jenkins and his men as they seek to reclaim Virginia's western frontier.
Jon-Erik Gilot has worked in the field of public history for more than 15 years and is active in numerous historical organizations. A regular contributor at Emerging Civil War since 2018, his work has been published in books, journals, and magazines. His first Emerging Civil War Series title, John Brown’s Raid, was released in 2023.
Jon-Erik earned a degree in History from Bethany College and a Master of Library & Information Science from Kent State University. Today, he serves as curator at the Captain Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where he hosts a monthly Civil War lecture series and an annual symposium. He lives in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he works as a corporate archivist and records manager.
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