• The village of Appomattox Court House from the west, the McLean House is on the right.

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

Annual Civil War Seminar




Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Department of History and Political Science at Longwood University are pleased to present the Tenth Annual Civil War Seminar, Saturday, February 28, 2009. This year’s seminar will focus on “Secret Missions and the Uncivil War.” The program begins at 9:35 a.m. on the campus of Longwood University in the Hull Building, room 132, in Farmville, VA. The seminar is free and open to the public. Lunch is available at the Longwood University dining hall. The following is a list of times, speakers, and topics:

9:15 a.m. Doors open

9:35 a.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles, History Professor, Longwood University

9:45 a.m. Tonia “Teej” Smith—“‘Gentlemen, You Have Played This Damned Well’: The Execution of Confederate Spies Colonel William Orton Williams and Lieutenant Walter Gibson Peter.”

10:30 a.m. James Blankenship—“Like the Crater of a Volcano: The Ordnance Wharf Explosion at City Point.”

11:15 a.m. Tracy Chernault—Sheridan’s Scouts: Cheerfully going wherever ordered.”

12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. David Long—“Black Flag Warfare: When Lincoln Tried to Kill Jefferson Davis (The Dalgrhen Raid).”


2:30 p.m. Robert Mackey—John S. Mosby’s and Partisan Warfare.”

Signs will be posted on the Longwood University Campus. For directions to the campus go to www.longwood.edu . For more information contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at 434-352-8987, Ext. 32.

Did You Know?

Lt. Colonel Charles Marshall (left), Chief Justice John Marshall (right)

Colonel Charles Marshall, Lee's aide-de-camp, was the great-nephew of Chief Justice John Marshall. Charles Marshall chose the site of the surrender meeting and was the only Confederate present in the McLean House besides General Lee.