Civil War Lecture Series

The Civil War Lecture Series was developed as a part of the commemoration of the 150th (Sesquicentennial) anniversary of the Civil War in York County and focuses on issues and topics relating to the Peninsula Campaign of Virginia.  The York County Historical Committee and the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee are honored to offer you the opportunity to view these films. Though not professionally done, you will find the programs both interesting and informative. 

March 20, 2013 – Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force
Dr. Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, provided an overview of the creation of the Aeronautic Corps, the first military aeronautical unit in American history. He discussed The Corp’s service in combat during the Civil War, as well as Confederate army balloon operations.

May 18, 2013 – Civil War Balloons During the Peninsula Campaign
Dr. James Green,  Director of Planetary Science at NASA, gave a presentation on the use of military balloons by both North and South during the Civil War…its glory and major setbacks.

May 20 - The Peninsula Campaign
Mr. J. Michael Moore, Historian and Curator at Lee Hall Mansion and Endow Plantation, lectured on many well-known and not-so-well known facts about the Peninsula Campaign and why it failed to end the war in the spring of 1862.

June 10 - The War Comes to Ship Point
Frank Green, local Historian and President of the York County Historical Society, lectured on how the Civil War affected the Dare Community, with specific emphasis on Ship Point, where the Poquoson River meets Chisman Creek, which was an important site to both Confederate and Union forces.

July 15 - York County’s Brave Men of the Civil War
Tim Smith, local Historian and Professional Actor, will share photos and stories of York County residents who served during the War; many who made the ultimate sacrifice.

August 19 - Tabb’s Halfway House During the Civil War
Over the last 18 years, Robert Emerson, a Local Historian, researched the history of Tabb, and published articles in various local newspapers. Recently, Mr. Emerson combined these articles with other unpublished information in a book titled, Tabb in Retrospect. The chapters on the Halfway House and the Civil War formed the core of the book and the basis of Mr. Emerson’s presentation.

September 16 - Union Army Census of the Colored Population of York County, March 1865
Local Historian and Retired York County Educator, Russell Hopson, told the stories of some of the Contraband families as they began new chapters in their lives after the Civil War.

October 21 - Medical Problems on the Peninsula
Author, Historian and Historical Interpreter, T.A. “Doc” Wheat, spoke about the Confederate troops that initially defended Yorktown and the “deadly enemy” they encountered (and it wasn’t Yankees). 

November 4 -  Presentation: A Prelude to “Kiss My Little Girls”
Jeff Toalson, historian and author of several Civil War-era books, provided some special insights into his research and how he came to know the intriguing story of Richard and Mary Watkins. Portraying Richard Watkins, Mr. Toalson  captivated the audience and prepared them for the upcoming performances of one of his most popular works.

December 16 - The Civil War—A Woman’s Cause
Local Historian and Historical Interpreter, Sharleen Leigh West-Carr, provided insights into the role of women during the war. Ms. West-Carr is the chairman of the North-South Skirmish Association Costume Committee and makes Civil War period clothing.