April 13 lecture on Stoneman’s Raid

From the WNC Historical Association:

Asheville, NC – March 29, 2013 – Chris J. Hartley, author of the book Stoneman’s Raid, 1865, is presenting a lecture on General George Stoneman who launched a cavalry raid deep into the heart of the Confederacy in 1865 on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 2:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Simpson Lecture Hall located in the Simpson Administration Building on the AB Tech campus on Victoria Road in Asheville.

Stoneman’s cavalry rode across six Southern states and despite its geographic scope, the raid failed in its primary goal of helping to end the war. Instead, the destruction the raiders left behind slowed the recovery in the areas it touched.

The lecture is open to the public. A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested. Members of Western NC Historical Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute may attend free of charge. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling 828-253-9231 or my emailing smh@wnchistory.org.

Chris J. Hartley received the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for his book and was also a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin History Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. Mr. Hartley is also author of Stuart’s Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry. He has also written for several popular history periodicals. He lives in Pfafftown, NC.

This is the third lecture in a series of five lectures and programs to be presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA and the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The series, Community Under Stress: The Civil War in Western North Carolina is a continuation of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Additional lectures in the series will include a lecture by Dr. Gordon McKinney on William Holland Thomas and the Cherokee Indians on May 18; and the fifth and final program in the series will be a discussion on the after effects of the Civil War on Western North Carolina on June 15.


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