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2022 Lessons in History Presentation with Dr. Robert Watson
August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
ESCAPE! THE STORY OF THE CONFEDERACY'S INFAMOUS LIBBY PRISON at the NCWM, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 7:00 pm.
Many Civil War enthusiasts are familiar with the horrific conditions facing those imprisoned at Andersonville in Georgia. However, Libby Prison in the Confederate capital of Richmond was another notorious facility, known for housing senior Union officers, its use in propaganda by the Confederacy, and for the largest prison break in American history that occurred there in 1864. This is the story of the "Bastille of the Confederacy," the Union prisoners who struggled to stay alive in the face of beatings, starvation, and abuse, and the remarkable escape that befuddled and infuriated Confederate leaders.
The 2022 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries. The National Civil War Museum will follow CDC and OSHA/HHS guidance as well as orders and recommendations from federal/state/local governments and our state and local health officials.
About the Author:
Robert Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and 200 scholarly articles and essays on topics in political, military, and social history, as well as two multi-edition, multi-volume encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. His recent books include Affairs of State (2012), America’s First Crisis (2014), The Presidents’ Wives (2014), The Nazi Titanic (2016), The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn (2017), George Washington’s Final Battle (2021), and Escape (2021), as well as the forthcoming books When Washington Burned (2023), 100 Days of Terror (2023), and Target: Washington (2024). Watson’s books have won numerous awards including the Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal in History and Silver Medal in History, John Barry Book Award, and John Lyman Book Award, have been featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV and at prominent literary festivals around the country, and are in international translation.