Arlington and the Civil War - 1861


This course will focus on Arlington’s role in the early
Civil War during 1861. We will discuss the impact of the
Union occupation and the creation of the Army of the
Potomac. The course will highlight the frequent skirmishing
in Arlington following the 1861 Battle of Bull Run.
Through the accounts of official documents, soldiers’
letters and diaries, these early encounters are seen in
a new light. We will examine Arlington as a theater of
war and review historical accounts of the strategies and
tactics employed by both sides. From June to October
1861, Arlington’s Four-Mile Run Valley was the front line
of the war. Could there have been a “Battle of Arlington
Heights” and would it have changed history as we know
it? Did Union General George McClellan overestimate
the strength of Confederate General James Longstreet’s
forces? Did the final “capture” of Munson Hill reveal
a missed opportunity? Learn how Arlington County
became the proving ground for many of the early Union
and Confederate forces and their military leaders.


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Vaselopulos 10/8 - 10/29 Th 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM $55.00 View