At the Varnum Members’ Meeting (on Monday, April 10, 2017), Varnum Memorial Armory Museum Curator Patrick Donovan tells the story of the First Rhode Island Cavalry and their important role in the Gettysburg Campaign of June 1863.
As Confederate General Robert E. Lee began to execute his daring plan to invade the North with his confident, battle-hardened Army of Northern Virginia, the First Rhode Island Cavalry were tasked with finding Lee’s 78,000 men to determine Lee’s intentions and ultimate objective. Accomplishing this mission meant dueling with the legendary troopers of the famed Confederate Cavalry Chief, General J.E.B Stuart. On June 17th, alone and behind enemy lines, 280 Rhode Islanders rode into Middleburg, VA led by their unique and controversial French Colonel only to face their final destiny.
Patrick Donovan will tell their harrowing story along with providing a brief history of the regiment and background of the Battle of Gettysburg. Original First RI Cavalry artifacts and items from this campaign will also be shared.
Reservations must be received by 5:00 PM Friday, April 7. Call Scott Seaback at 401-413-6277 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIME: 5:30 p.m. (social hour); 6:30 p.m. (dinner followed by program)
MENU: “Steak Fry” including a premium steak with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, coffee, and dessert.
LOCATION: Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, 6 Main St, East Greenwich, RI, 02818.
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