2014 Lecture Series
 
January 16
1864 battle of Cold Harbor
7:00 p.m.: Free donations accepted
In late May and early June of 1864 generals are evenly and you ask Grant clashed at a small tidewater crossroads just outsider Richmond Virginia called cold Harbor the outcome was indecisive yet one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. Join historian Ed Sanders of Richmond national Battlefield Park for detailed look at this battle.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754
 
January 30
The Key to the Bulge:  The Battle for Losheimergraben
7:00 p.m.: Free donations accepted
Join author and historian Stephen M. Ruseiecki for a detailed look into the German winter offensive of 1944-45 which originated at a small cross-roads on the German-Belgian boarder and how a battered American Infantry Regiment, the 394th succeeded in blunting the German efforts.  This cost the German war machine valuable time and forced the German leadership to shift their war effort further to the south.  Mr. Ruseiecki will have copies of his book by the same title and his most recent book In Final Defense of the Reich: the Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division available for Sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754
 
February 13
Courtship Customs of Centuries Past
7:00 p.m. $30.00 per person $55.00 couple reservations required
Join us for this dinner program on courtship, dating customs and dinner etiquette of the 18th and 19th century.  Space is limited.  Please register no later than February 7 to secure space.  Please call 703-792-4754 to make reservations.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
February 27
The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom will be Theirs by the Sword
In the predawn darkness of September 29, 1864, black Union Soldiers attacked a heavily fortified position on the outskirts of Richmond known as New Market Heights.  In a few hours of desperate fighting, these African American soldiers struck a blow against General R.E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia and proved to detractors that they could fight for the freedom and citizenship for themselves and their enslaved brethren.  Fourteen of the black soldiers who stormed the heights were awarded the Congressional Metal of Honor.  Author and historian Jimmy Price offers considerable insight into the black military experience and will have copies of his book by the same title as the lecture available for sale.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-7924754
 
March 13
Votes for Women!  Votes for Women!
Meet Suffragist Mrs. Robert “Mimi” Walker!
Join Historic Re-enactor Lynne Garvey-Hodge as Suffragist , Mrs. Robert Walker (aka, Amelia Himes, Baltimore, Maryland).  In a one person monologue Mrs. Walker reveals the story of her arrest in front of The White House on July 14, 1917, subsequent incarnation at the Occoquan Workhouse and passionate participation in the Prison Parades of 1918-1919.  Hear her story as a Quaker woman, supported by her entrepreneur husband, her three children, life at her charming Baltimore estate, “Drumquhazle” and membership in Baltimore’s elite “Blue Book” Society.  This unique first person character portrayal is offered in commemoration of National Women’s Month.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
 
March 27
The Dogs of War
Join author and historian Kathleen Kinsolving for this unique look into the favorite pets of some of World War II’s elite personalities from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog to General George Patton’s bull terrier Willy Ms. Kinsolving will present a light hearted look at man’s best friend.  Her book will be available for purchase.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
April 10
Two Horsemen of the Revolution: Virginia’s Light Horse Harry Lee versus Britain’s Banastre Tarleton  
Join author and historian Christopher George as he compares and contrasts two of the American Revolutions most famous and colorful Cavaliers, Light Horse Harry Lee who hailed from Leesylvania right here in Prince William County and Banastre Tarleton who was born in our speaker’s birth town of Liverpool, England.  Both families were involved in the slave trade and both men had careers in politics.  Each man saw the other as worthy adversaries during the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaigns. Mr. George will explore these themes in detail.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA  703-792-4754
 
April 24
The War of 1812 in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
Join us as we host area Archeologist and historian Patrick O’Neil for a unique perspective of the events of 1814 in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C. 
 
May 8           
The 1846 War with Mexico
The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) marked the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil.  It pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean.  A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started the fighting and it was followed by a series of U.S. victories.  Young officers like U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and others who would later lead armies against one another in the Civil War had their first combat experience in Mexico.  When the dust cleared, Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Join historian Ron Mayer for an overview of this historic period using maps, illustrations, and pictures to help explain the who, what, when, and why of the conflict.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754  
 
May 22
August 14, 1814 Washington in Flames
America’s new capital built along the Potomac River in the middle of swampland and forests seemed to many an unlikely target for an enemy invasion.  They were wrong.  Even though there were warnings of an impending attack, the government was unprepared for the disaster of August 24,1814.  The destruction by British forces of the nation’s capital was a very small part of the War of 1812, but it’s significance to the country was tremendous.  The torching of Washington rallied the people, and combined with the American victory at Baltimore three weeks earlier, a wave of patriotism that ultimately lead to the American defeat of the British.  Join author and historian Carole L. Herrick for a detailed look into the events of August, 1814 and the out comes as a result of the burning of Washington.  Mrs. Herrick will have copies of her book available for sale.
 
June 12
Establishment of the Prince William County Police and Some of it’s Most Challenging Cases
Join us for a unique look at the origins of the Prince William County Police Department presented by someone who was there; Charlie T. Deane.  From Changes in policing since the Departments formation in 1970 to the Beltway Sniper Case, and immigration policies and even the John and Lorena Bobbitt case “Chief Deane” will give insight into these events from his perspective. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas,VA  703-792-4754
 
June 26
A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster
Timothy Webster, best known for his work as a spy for the Union during the Civil War, began his career as a New York City policeman.  In the mid-1850’s he left the police department and took a job for Allan Pinkerton in his newly formed detective agency. As an operative, Webster excelled.  Webster was involved in a number of cases but perhaps his biggest contribution to National Security was exposing a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861.  Webster’s service as a spy put him in contact with a number of prominent military and political leaders of the Southern Confederacy aand in a number of southern locations including Manassas.  For a time he was considered the Union’s top spy, until in 1862 he was betrayed by fellow spies and became the first Union spy executed in the Civil War.  Author and historian Corey Recko will give a detailed overview of the life of Timothy Webster and have copies of his book available for sale.