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November 16, 2019
2:00 PM
Time Details:
Museum theater
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105
Admission is free.
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Author, historian Matthew Borders presents, "The Gamble of 1862: The Maryland Campaign"

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Maryland Campaign, also known as the first Confederate invasion of the North, took place in September of 1862. Following a sweeping turn of fortune, Confederate forces had gone in a 6 month period, in 1862, from being pushed back to the very edges of the capital in Richmond, Virginia to crossing the Potomac River and entering Union territory. The resulting campaign of hard marches, lost orders, and terrible combat lasted just 17 days. In the end, the Confederates had been driven back to Virginia and President Abraham Lincoln had the victory needed to begin to change the entire focus of the war. From the fall of 1862 on, the American Civil War would be a war not only to preserve the Union, but a war to make men free. Matthew Borders is a historian, author and a Park Ranger at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Maryland. He is also a guide at Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historic Site.